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 The area surrounding each is slashed and cleared with hoes to produce a firebreak to protect it from occasional wildfires. Washington Post, "Malawi fights tsetse flies, disease after wildlife relocated," 30 Oct. 2019 As Wine Country once again faces the siege of wildfire, vintners are grappling with risks of destruction, smoke and power outages — while also counting on their vineyards to serve as natural firebreaks. Esther Mobley,, "Kincade Fire threatens Sonoma County wineries," 24 Oct. 2019 In addition to the firefighters and aircraft crews that responded the day of the fire, a hungry herd of as many as 500 goats helped create a firebreak months before in the brush that surrounded the complex, officials said. Ray Sanchez And Stella Chan, CNN, "Wildfire caused $500,000 in damage at Reagan Presidential Library," 19 Nov. 2019 Winds squeezed through a mountain pass and blasted firebrands over natural firebreaks and a branch of the Feather River. Los Angeles Times, "Sprinklers and gadgets won’t save your home from a wildfire. What your neighbor does might," 3 Oct. 2019 In 2017, firefighters stopped the devastating Nuns Fire from crossing into Napa County and threatening St. Helena at the ranch’s 2,500-foot-high summit, which Cal Fire used as a firebreak and staging area. Peter Fimrite,, "Huge old ranch straddling Sonoma, Napa to become parkland after sale," 12 Nov. 2019 The Illilouette Creek wilderness area, in Yosemite National Park, is encircled by granite peaks that create a natural firebreak. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "A Trailblazing Plan to Fight California Wildfires," 19 Aug. 2019 Eleven bulldozers are being used to create firebreaks. Washington Post, "Portugal officials: major wildfire is mostly under control," 23 July 2019 German news agency dpa reported Wednesday that armored military bulldozers were working to clear a firebreak around the blaze in Luebtheen and additional vehicles were to be brought in over the course of the day. Washington Post, "German military clears fire break to contain massive blaze," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of firebreak

1827, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Firebreak.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of firebreak

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

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