flamethrower

noun
flame·​throw·​er | \ ˈflām-ˌthrō-ər How to pronounce flamethrower (audio) \

Definition of flamethrower

1 : a device that expels from a nozzle a burning stream of liquid or semiliquid fuel under pressure
2 : a pitcher who throws hard : a fastball pitcher

Examples of flamethrower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police say an antifa leader carrying a flamethrower at a Black Lives Matter rally broke down into tears when he was arrested. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Police say antifa leader with flamethrower dropped to ground in fetal position and cried during arrest," 2 Sep. 2020 Agents have also seized 28 firearms, a flamethrower, an unspecified amount of narcotics and thousands of dollars in cash, according to the FBI’s field office in Milwaukee County. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Operation Legend in Milwaukee: 11 suspects charged; 28 firearms, 1 flamethrower seized," 20 Aug. 2020 In 2013, the Chinese Army used a flamethrower to destroy a five-foot-wide murder hornet nest resting 100 feet in the air. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Chinese Army Has a Weapon For Fighting Murder Hornets: Flamethrowers," 5 June 2020 Recent pictures out of China indicate the People’s Liberation Army still uses the flamethrower. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Chinese Army Has a Weapon For Fighting Murder Hornets: Flamethrowers," 5 June 2020 After Cronenworth launched a fourth-inning pitch from flamethrower Dustin May over the right-field fence for a 2-0 lead, Tatis wildly waved a towel in the dugout like a kid at summer camp. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tug of war with Dodgers shows Padres plan to put up fight in 2020," 4 Aug. 2020 There's value in being a left-hander, as the only other one in the bullpen is seventh-inning flamethrower Gregory Soto. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Tyler Alexander wants to be a starter but is making most of bullpen role," 2 Aug. 2020 China’s service flamethrower is the Type 74, itself originally based on the Soviet LPO-50. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Chinese Army Has a Weapon For Fighting Murder Hornets: Flamethrowers," 5 June 2020 Go on, take out another anonymous baddie with a rifle or nail bomb or flamethrower or brick—and then feel your satisfaction curdle when his buddies cry out his name in shock and grief. Darryn King, Wired, "The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of flamethrower

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Sep 2020

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“Flamethrower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamethrower. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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flamethrower

noun
How to pronounce flamethrower (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of flamethrower

: a weapon that shoots a stream of burning liquid
baseball, informal : a pitcher who throws the ball very fast : a fastball pitcher

flamethrower

noun
flame·​throw·​er | \ ˈflām-ˌthrō-ər How to pronounce flamethrower (audio) \

Kids Definition of flamethrower

: a weapon that shoots a burning stream of fuel

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