laughing gas

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n laughing gas inhalation anesthetic used as an anesthetic in dentistry and surgery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Idiana it is illegal to sell laughing gas with the intent to induce laughter.
    • Laughing gas (Chem) hyponitrous oxide, or protoxide of nitrogen; -- so called from the exhilaration and laughing which it sometimes produces when inhaled. It is much used as an anæsthetic agent.
    • Laughing gas See under Laughing.
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Usage

In literature:

He thought it was laughing-gas, or the reaction of being fried all the morning, holding forth in that Town Hall.
"The Daisy Chain" by Charlotte Yonge
Nitrous oxide, you know, is what they call Laughing Gas.
"A Life's Morning" by George Gissing
Laughing-gas is evidently abundant in PUNCH.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 8, May 21, 1870" by Various
I feel as if I had been living on laughing-gas these last two days.
"Sunrise" by William Black
Was not the invention of steam engines laughed at, as well as the invention of gas?
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
Mrs. Steele indulges in a thin little cold-storage laugh that sounds almost as pleasant as tappin' a gas pipe.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
Claudia laughed quietly to herself, and rustled towards the gas-jet.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
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" by Susan Coolidge
He who is sick in mind should breathe the laughing gas.
"The Comic Latin Grammar" by Percival Leigh
This part of his sojourn was noteworthy for his experiments with nitrous oxide ("laughing gas").
"A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury
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In poetry:

The tear-gas made him laugh
When they let it fly,
Laughing gas made him hang
His head an' cry.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown

In news:

Chesapeake Energy's foes may be happy about the Oklahoma City oil and gas company's sudden fall from grace, but to Archie Dunham it was no laughing matter.
Norwegians laugh when they hear Americans complain about high gas prices.
Laughing gas returning as option for laboring moms.
In their desperation to block Gov Cuomo from giving the okay for fracking in New York, die-hard opponents of the natural gas drilling technology are floating laugh-out-loud-funny health and environmental threats.
Laughing gas returning as option for laboring moms.
Dentist accused of inhaling laughing gas .
A Long Island dentist is accused of inhaling laughing gas for non-medical reasons.
A Long Island dentist has been arrested for inhaling laughing gas for non-medical reasons.
Hospital Technician Dies after Overdosing on Laughing Gas .
Nitrous Oxide ( Laughing Gas ) – Dale's Daily Data.
Dentist accused of inhaling laughing gas.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) – Dale's Daily Data.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) – Dale's Daily Data.
While covering a story at a local zoo, this reporter can't stop laughing after a rhino passes gas.
Laugh Your Gas Off' Winning Weekend.
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