fire·​break | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbrāk How to pronounce firebreak (audio) \

Definition of firebreak

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

Examples of firebreak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delaney Park, better known as the Park Strip, was first cleared as a firebreak in 1917 and has served as parkland ever since. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2022 So the avenue provided the firebreak that saved the city. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Nov. 2021 When the sheriff told the family to leave, Mike stayed to create a firebreak and spray down the house. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 Many of the roads selected are single-lane, primitive and unmaintained, cleared almost 100 years ago for timber haul or firebreak roads. Bill Pollnow, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 For your first burn, light the edge of the downwind firebreak so that the flames creep slowly into the wind. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 17 Mar. 2021 Some divisions fought fires nowhere near the firebreak. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Nov. 2020 The world’s biggest firebreak, a nearly 800-mile line cut into the western slope of the Sierra Nevada during the Great Depression, once protected California’s forests from the state’s ceaseless infernos. Anna Buchmann,, 20 Nov. 2020 The firebreak will clear about 35 feet of dead vegetation and invasive trees from rear property lines across 2,300 feet and will allow easier access for firefighters near the San Diego River. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of firebreak

1827, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Firebreak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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