American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Light produced by burning illuminating gas.
- n. A gas burner or lamp.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Light, or a provision for light, produced by the combustion of coal-gas; a gas-jet, or the light from it.
- n. UK The light produced by burning piped illuminating gas.
- n. UK A lamp which operates by burning gas.
- v. slang To manipulate someone psychologically such that they question their own sanity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The light yielded by the combustion of illuminating gas.
- n. A gas jet or burner.
- n. light yielded by the combustion of illuminating gas
- gas + light. The verb sense derives from the 1938 stage play Gas Light, in which a husband attempts to convince his wife and others that she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment. (Wiktionary)
“If I ever receive a copy I will most certainly eat it up just like that. *grin* I think that the genre is called gaslight, but I am not so sure really.”
“The inner wall must either be gaslight at the base or rest on a ring of "gaslight" mortar (h).”
“Particularly notable is the open announcement that s/he would "gaslight" my predecessor to the bitter end, and explicitly telling untentured faculty that if s/he did not do EXACTLY as the bully said, said untenured faculty member would not be receiving tenure.”
“Just as much of today's horror fiction is vampire-driven, one major branch of modern fantasy -- in novels, "cosplay" (costume play), gaming and comics -- is obsessed with an alternate 19th century, one in which the inventions and mad scientists of Jules Verne, the tweedy science fiction of H.G. Wells and the gaslight romances of Arthur Conan Doyle have been mixed and remixed.”
“And Mesdames and Messieurs could truly see what was in those tantalizing vitrines — the arcades were early converts to gaslight.”
“Evenings, when we are both home, we usually sit at our wooden table, boiling rose tea in which to dip the day-old bread that complements a warmed, fragrant spread of salted schmaltz, sharing our borrowed newspaper or occasional magazine by gaslight.”
“In discussing "The Night Café" 1888, a well-known depiction of a disreputable barroom in Arles—a jarring composition featuring bright yellow gaslight shining on blood-red walls—they tell us that "Vincent began his dissonant painting in a dissonant mood.”
“Another important part of weaving the past into my story was walking the streets of Brooklyn Heights, especially on a snowy night when it's easier to imagine carriages clattering down the streets and gaslight flickering behind the windows of the brownstones.”
“She's currently sitting beside me, purring as loudly as she can, and I know it's an attempt to gaslight me.”
“Around 106 tons of thorium, a radioactive element formerly used in gaslight mantles and currently being investigated as a fuel for certain nuclear reactors incapable of producing plutonium, would be distributed throughout the waste.”
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