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

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An Associated Press photographer captured an image of Long firing the flamethrower toward a man wielding a flagpole during the deadly Aug. 12 rally. Fox News, "Counterprotester who used flamethrower during Charlottesville rally appeals conviction," 21 Aug. 2018 The flamethrowers are selling for $500 apiece, though some are listed on eBay for as high as $20,000. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Firefighters Aren't Happy About Elon Musk's 'Not a Flamethrower'," 13 June 2018 The billionaire inventor and chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX announced the sale of the flamethrower last year. Erica Werner, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Republican senators only willing to go so far in challenging Trump on trade," 12 June 2018 Roster spots once reserved for veteran players valued for their leadership now go to the flamethrowers who make up increasingly crucial bullpens. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Bartolo Colón, One of the Last of His Kind," 4 June 2018 Drawing his rant to a close, at least for now, Musk returned to a favorite topic — the flamethrowers his Boring tunneling and drilling firm marketed to thousands of eager buyers early this year. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk tweets new criticism of Wall Street's Tesla skeptics," 4 May 2018 Like the flamethrowers, the Tesla launch to Mars orbit is outside of (or perhaps ahead of) government regulations. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Let the Falcon Heavy Fly," 5 Feb. 2018 There is an inferno raging in Washington and the flamethrower-in-chief is coming to Minnesota on Wednesday. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Dem candidate airs bizarre ‘dumpster fire’ ad," 19 June 2018 The company took orders for 20,000 flamethrowers, selling out. David Pan, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk delivers first 1,000 flamethrowers, value rockets on eBay," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of flamethrower

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of flamethrower was in 1917

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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


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

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: a weapon that shoots a burning stream of fuel

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