flame-re·​tar·​dant ˈflām-ri-ˌtär-dᵊnt How to pronounce flame-retardant (audio)
: made or treated so as to resist burning

Examples of flame-retardant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Banners and signs are allowed at Footprint Center, but they must be constructed of flame-retardant material. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 12 Mar. 2024 This 19 x 20 x 8.3-foot tiny home—made from a steel frame and flame-retardant foam wallboard—is fully waterproof, thermally insulated, and impossibly easy to assemble. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Mar. 2024 Replacing flammable electrolytes with a flame-retardant electrolyte has the potential to make lithium-ion batteries safer, and can buy time for longer-term improvements that reduce inherent risks of overheating and thermal runaway. Apparao Rao, The Conversation, 6 Feb. 2024 Plus, it's crafted from flame-retardant materials to really offer peace of mind. Wendy Vazquez, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Jan. 2024 It’s made of flame-retardant material and has other safety features, including automatically shutting off if it gets overheated or tips over. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 9 Dec. 2023 In other good news from campers, the governor signed a bill designed to end the use of dangerous flame-retardant chemicals in tents. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023 The trio had embraced a mission that the fire department had dispatched dozens of emergency personnel to handle, including firefighters equipped with oxygen masks, air tanks, flame-retardant clothing, helmets, saws, ladders, crowbars and hoses. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2023 The materials are also made without any flame-retardant chemicals, which some worry may be toxic. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 2 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flame-retardant was in 1947

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“Flame-retardant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flame-retardant. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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