fire extinguisher


: a portable or wheeled apparatus for putting out small fires by ejecting extinguishing chemicals

Examples of fire extinguisher in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fire extinguisher was in 1810

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“Fire extinguisher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

fire extinguisher

: something used to put out a fire
especially : a portable or wheeled device for putting out small fires by spraying fire-extinguishing chemicals

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