from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or existing as a gas.
  • adj. Lacking substance or concreteness; tenuous or indefinite.
  • adj. Full of or containing gas; gassy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to, or existing as, gas.
  • adj. Of a liquid containing bubbles: gassy.
  • adj. Tenuous or indefinite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. In the form, or of the nature, of gas, or of an aëriform fluid.
  • adj. Lacking substance or solidity; tenuous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the form of gas or an aëriform fluid; of the nature of gas.
  • Figuratively, wanting substance or solidity; flimsy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. existing as or having characteristics of a gas


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  • Satan, witnessed the Creation, and described how the heavenly bodies were brought into existence, he having perceived what we should call the gaseous elements of matter rolled into whorls and vortices which became condensed into suns and systems of worlds.

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