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

  • A factory where gas for heating and lighting is produced. Also called gashouse.

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  • n. A factory where coal is converted to coal gas and coke.

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  • n. the workplace where coal gas is manufactured


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  • A factory or even a gasworks is not obliged of its own nature to be ugly, any more than a palace or a dog-kennel or a cathedral.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • The NWDA was to release millions in funding for the clean up of the site, a former gasworks which is still contaminated by toxic substances including arsenic, boron, benzene, napthalene and phenol.

    News round-up

  • We had been told that the landmark, which would tell us that we were close to Cygnet and should turn off the main road, was an artificial hill called the Beckton ski slopes, which has nothing to do with winter sports but once was part of a long-demolished gasworks.

    Henry’s Demons

  • People were shocked when the gasworks was bombed and then people were strafed on the beaches because they had been told they were protected.

    Nazi foreign minister planned to own Cornwall as his retirement home

  • A little after Bounds Green the train surged into daylight for the first time, and they could see house roofs and a little gasworks through the window.

    Helen Simpson | Cockfosters

  • He stopped drinking milk because it made him expel noxious fumes like some Siberian gasworks.

    Character Study: Elvin Click

  • It financed jam and fruit pools to the extent of $3 million, it found $8 million for Australian homes, while to local government bodies, for construction of roads, tramways, harbours, gasworks, electric power plants, etc., it lent $18.72 million.

    Ellen Brown: Escaping the Sovereign Debt Trap: The Remarkable Model of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia

  • If we passed a gasworks or a factory with a chimney sending out smoke or a row of small houses with TV aerials, Charlie and his Magpie would groan and point as if they were fleeing a war zone.


  • The grandparents reached their favorite bench in their favorite spot, with a great view of the town gasworks, a good five minutes after the girls.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • Distorted alien-like bodies glimmer before us, gasworks flash, abject bodies morph into DNA structures.

    Ballardian » Unique visual complexities: A review of Grande Anarca


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  • I can't read or hear spoken the word gasworks without musing on these lines from the song Dirty Old Town, as covered by The Pogues.

    I met my love by the gasworks wall
    Dreamed a dream by the old canal
    Kissed a girl by the factory wall
    Dirty old town
    Dirty old town

    September 19, 2014