fire extinguisher


Definition of fire extinguisher

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

Examples of fire extinguisher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Richard Thomas, who was sitting in a recliner in another room and has difficultly walking, couldn’t get to the fire extinguisher in time to help her. Christine Dempsey,, "Man critically injured in Plainville condo fire; neighbors, cops inhale smoke during rescue," 18 Nov. 2020 On September 30, police responded to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in reference to an irate man who threw a fire extinguisher through the window. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Irate man throws fire extinguisher through BMV window: Avon Lake police blotter," 17 Oct. 2020 Wennstrom grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran with a shovel toward two blazing houses in hopes of slowing the spread. Richard Read, oregonlive, "Inside the battle to save Breitenbush," 22 Sep. 2020 Catherine O’Hara, the award many tuned in specifically hoping to see) and a fire extinguisher. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "At Kimmel’s virtual Emmys show, a few gaffes might have improved things," 20 Sep. 2020 At one point the chief jumped out of his vehicle, grabbed a nearby fire extinguisher and put out a spot fire burning next to a home, video on his cellphone shows. Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times, "Irvine fire was a recipe for disaster. It became a rare victory for firefighters in grim year," 30 Oct. 2020 The driver can be seen stepping out of the van, with a passenger seated in the front seat, while another person circled the minivan and sprayed a fire extinguisher where the vehicle cracked the wall. Lauren Hernández,, "Two injured after minivan jumps curb, crashes into S.F. restaurant," 20 Oct. 2020 Make sure all those in your household know how to use the fire extinguisher in your home. Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Fire-prevention tips are crucial for home safety," 17 Oct. 2020 Locate your fire extinguisher and check the expiration date, then make sure your family knows how to use it. Washington Post, "How to safely — and graciously — host friends and family as the weather gets colder," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of fire extinguisher

1810, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fire extinguisher was in 1810

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26 Nov 2020

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“Fire extinguisher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fire extinguisher

: a metal container filled with chemicals that is used to put out a fire

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Kids Definition of fire extinguisher

: something (as a container filled with chemicals) used to put out a fire

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