fire extinguisher


Definition of fire extinguisher

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

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The agents tried to put out the boat fire with a fire extinguisher. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SD Boat Fire," 2 Sep. 2019 The fire extinguishers inside the warehouse proved futile. Megan Cassidy,, "Ghost Ship: Jury weighs fate of defendants in deadly warehouse fire trial," 31 July 2019 The midfield general has been nicknamed 'the fire extinguisher', but City's new £62.6m signing is much, much more than that., "Rodri: Why Man City's Record Signing Is the Biggest Bargain of the Summer," 27 July 2019 Fairgoers can learn about fire-safe behavior, fire prevention, safe escape from a fire, proper use of a fire extinguisher and how to prepare for an emergency, as well as technological improvements in burn treatment and firefighting equipment. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Today at the Fair: Friday, Aug. 23: Governor’s Fire Prevention Day," 23 Aug. 2019 Demonstrators used fire extinguishers and a water hose against riot police who fired tear gas into the train station in Kwai Fong and some accused plainclothes officers of disguising as protesters to make arrests. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong's airport canceled all flights on Monday as protests raged. Here's why.," 12 Aug. 2019 Potrzuski, 64, was able to put the fire out with his fire extinguisher, something Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue commended him on. Laurel Weibezahn,, "Man runs in trying to save neighbor from house fire," 19 July 2019 So, senior writer Quick: Where in your house is your fire extinguisher? Wired Staff, WIRED, "The WIRED Gear Team’s Personal Prime Day Picks," 16 July 2019 There were no smoke detectors or fire extinguishers at the facility, and the emergency exit was jammed. Washington Post, "Mexico ‘anti-monuments’ recall dark moments, demand justice," 30 June 2019

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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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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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