flame·​throw·​er ˈflām-ˌthrō-ər How to pronounce flamethrower (audio)
: a device that expels from a nozzle a burning stream of liquid or semiliquid fuel under pressure
: a pitcher who throws hard : a fastball pitcher

Examples of flamethrower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the indomitable combination of South Bay flamethrower Lucas Erceg and Miller — there’s no better eighth- and ninth-inning pair in the game — the A’s are playing commissioner Rob Manfred’s ideal form of baseball: a seven-inning game. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 1 May 2024 When two bumbling thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) attempt to rob his home, Kevin begins an elaborately violent, slapstick battle of wits via booby traps involving a tarantula, paint buckets, and flamethrowers. Chris Snellgrove, EW.com, 16 Apr. 2024 For instance: a man dressed in a tuxedo and a Ronald Reagan mask, using a gasoline pump as a flamethrower. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2024 After bringing in free-agent flamethrower Jordan Hicks at $11 million per year, the subheadlining spot was hardly guaranteed. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 24 Feb. 2024 Villeneuve and co-writer Jon Spaihts pick up in the wake of a brutal genocide — as ruthless an extermination as America’s PG-13 rating permits — in which the corpses of countless good men lie stacked in piles, fodder for Harkonnen flamethrowers. Peter Debruge, Variety, 21 Feb. 2024 The addition of Burnes changes the complexion of the Orioles’ rotation, while the signing of closer Craig Kimbrel during the winter meetings in December helps fill the mountain-sized hole left by injured flamethrower Félix Bautista. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 14 Feb. 2024 Adam Nakai was the flamethrower in Santa Teresa’s third-quarter blitz. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Fine, Indiana keeps a surrounding cast of flamethrowers around her. Zion Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flamethrower was in 1917

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“Flamethrower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamethrower. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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