fire extinguisher


Definition of fire extinguisher 

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

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An officer later determined the substance was a chemical spray from a fire extinguisher. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Vandal left disgusting and smelly surprise on pastor’s chair at church, NC police say," 11 July 2018 But only 58% reported having a carbon monoxide detector, 42% reported having a fire extinguisher and 36% reported having a first aid kit. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Renting an Airbnb Could Be Risky For Your Safety, a New Study Finds," 7 May 2018 That's because they're equipped with the same type of propulsion used in fire extinguishers to expel foam. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, "InSight spacecraft has a deep mission in Martian soil," 2 May 2018 Always have a fire extinguisher and a bucket of water nearby. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "People Are Already Selling Their Elon Musk 'Not a Flamethrowers' on eBay," 11 June 2018 Think water bottles, fire extinguishers, mason jars. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Meth, ‘the Devil’s drug,’ is back and killing more people than ever," 4 July 2018 To address these challenges, hotels in the U.S. are legally required to meet safety standards that include posted fire escape routes, fire doors, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire sprinkler systems and exit passageways. Susan Soldavin, Howard County Times, "River Hill student's paper published by major journal [Clarksville]," 24 May 2018 Someone from the back came out with a fire extinguisher and put out the fire. Gary Warth,, "Victim of burn attack finds forgiveness, looks ahead," 5 July 2018 Eliseu also said Sugrue beat him with a fire extinguisher. Malini Basu, ajc, "Gay man beaten, held captive for 4 days by angry teenager, police say," 3 July 2018

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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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