firebreak

noun fire·break \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbrāk \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of firebreak

: a barrier of cleared or plowed land intended to check a forest or grass fire

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First Known Use of firebreak

1827

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Definition of firebreak for English Language Learners

  • : an area of land that has had plants and trees removed to stop the spread of a fire



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