blowtorch

noun
blow·​torch | \ ˈblō-ˌtȯrch How to pronounce blowtorch (audio) \

Definition of blowtorch

: a small burner having a device to intensify combustion by means of a blast of air or oxygen, usually including a fuel tank pressurized by a hand pump, and used especially in plumbing

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California officials responded that the latest fires started in not forests but suburban areas, fueled by scrub grasses and chaparral dried by the state’s long-standing drought, and driven by blowtorch winds. Matt Viser, The Seattle Times, "Trump blames California for natural disaster, adding to denunciations of strongly Democratic state," 13 Nov. 2018 When the Rockets got their attention again, the Warriors hit harder, blasting the Rockets as if lighting a firecracker with a blowtorch. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Stephen Curry heats up, Warriors rout Rockets in Game 3," 20 May 2018 The Rockets had led by five when Curry took a blowtorch to the defense that had brought the Rockets back from a 12-point deficit and kept the Warriors under control. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets rally in thrilling fourth quarter, hold off Warriors to even series," 22 May 2018 Even a sparkler can reach 2,000 degrees, the same temperature as a blowtorch. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Fireworks display gone wrong nearly cost firefighter his vision," 29 June 2018 To protect the devices against theft, the Coast Guard has been sailing around the region, using blowtorches to weld the nuts and bolts that secure the gongs and bells to the buoys. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "Someone is stealing bells and gongs from buoys in Maine," 25 June 2018 But priming one can also create a veritable blowtorch if done improperly. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "8 Tips for (Responsibly) Camping in Fire Season," 22 June 2018 The guns, which are more of a blowtorch than an actual flamethrower, are receiving some criticism for being dangerous. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "People Are Already Selling Their Elon Musk 'Not a Flamethrowers' on eBay," 11 June 2018 Just watch this blowtorch rip through a brass lock that purports to be tough under fire. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Who Needs Boltcutters When You've Got a Blowtorch?," 25 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of blowtorch

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blowtorch was in 1895

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blowtorch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blowtorch

US : a device that produces a very hot, narrow flame for doing work (such as melting metal to join pipes together)

blowtorch

noun
blow·​torch | \ ˈblō-ˌtȯrch How to pronounce blowtorch (audio) \

Kids Definition of blowtorch

: a small portable burner in which the flame is made hotter by a blast of air or oxygen

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