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laughing gas

Origin of laughing gas
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He thought it was laughing-gas, or the reaction of being fried all the morning, holding forth in that Town Hall.

    The Daisy Chain Charlotte Yonge
  • It felt like laughing-gas; it forced one on, and yet it was so unreal.

  • In these whimsical phantasmagorias men and women move and speak as at the bidding of destinies drunk with laughing-gas.

    Views and Reviews William Ernest Henley
  • I feel as if I had been living on laughing-gas these last two days.

    Sunrise William Black
  • He was wit-proof and fun-proof; but at a feeble jest would sometimes roar like a lion inflated with laughing-gas.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • In medicine the anesthetic of choice is chloroform or ether; in dentistry it is laughing-gas, or nitrous oxide.

    Why We Punctuate William Livingston Klein
  • You give 'em some sort of laughing-gas; but me, I'm of a retiring disposition, and I never could force myself on nobody.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • By uniting the nitrogen and oxygen chemically (N2O) we have nitrous oxide, laughing-gas.

    The Breath of Life John Burroughs
  • Johnnie felt as if she had taken a dose of laughing-gas, at the sight of twenty boys and girls all at once, real boys, real girls!

    Nine Little Goslings Susan Coolidge
  • He was the discoverer of chlorine and laughing-gas, and the inventor of the miner's safety lamp.

    The Joyful Heart Robert Haven Schauffler
British Dictionary definitions for laughing-gas

laughing gas

another name for nitrous oxide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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laughing-gas in Medicine

laughing gas laugh·ing gas (lāf'ĭng)
Nitrous oxide, especially as used as an anesthetic.

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laughing-gas in Science
laughing gas
Nitrous oxide used as a mild anesthetic.
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