brush·​fire | \ ˈbrəsh-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce brushfire (audio) \

Definition of brushfire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: involving mobilization only on a small and local scale brushfire border wars

brush fire


Definition of brush fire (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a fire involving low-growing plants (such as scrub and brush)
2 : a minor conflict or crisis putting out political brush fires

Examples of brushfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Firefighters were battling a brush fire outside Beale Air Force Base, about 40 miles north of Sacramento, on Tuesday. Gregory Yee, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Hundreds of firefighters are battling a brush fire that sparked west of Santa Barbara, forced evacuations and shut down a portion of Highway 101, CBS Los Angeles reports. CBS News, 12 Oct. 2021 San Diego firefighters were battling a brush fire near businesses in Barrio Logan on Wednesday afternoon. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 Firefighters were called Sunday morning to put out a brush fire near the Municipal Elevator in Oregon City. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2021 One rocket fell on the western outskirts of the city, lightly damaging a home and causing a brush fire., 10 May 2021 Firefighters were working to extinguish a brush fire in a rural stretch of Palm Beach County on March 15, 2017 when crews discovered two burning bodies roughly 20 feet from Beeline Highway wrapped in bedding and plastic. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 7 Sep. 2021 All evacuation orders and warnings were lifted Tuesday afternoon as firefighters worked to fully contain a 1,427-acre brush fire on the boundary of San Diego and Riverside counties, officials said. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Aug. 2021 In Los Angeles, firefighters quickly snuffed out a brush fire Sunday afternoon that scorched half an acre in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of brushfire


1954, in the meaning defined above


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Brushfire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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