flamethrower

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Not many people can go around with a flamethrower out on these streets. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 30 Oct. 2022 Andrew Smith, director of the center, said Mr. Morse is running from behind largely because he isn’t known as an activist or political flamethrower, traits that helped Mr. Trump forge a new GOP base. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 When heated for extended windows of time, the sauce will blacken and the meats will look like they were cooked with a flamethrower. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Oct. 2022 Senate Democrats took a flamethrower to a forest and now want to put out the fire with a squirt gun. Stephen Miran, WSJ, 31 July 2022 In Russia, Hopper gathers the bloodthirsty creatures into the arena, where Murray (Brett Gelman) torches them with a flamethrower. Randall Colburn, EW.com, 4 July 2022 Armed with a flamethrower, and fighting for four hours under unremitting fire, he was credited with destroying a series of Japanese fortifications. Emily Langer, BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2022 Armed with a flamethrower, and under unremitting fire, he was credited with destroying a series of Japanese fortifications. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 Armed with a flamethrower, and under unremitting fire, he was credited with destroying a series of Japanese fortifications. Emily Langer, Anchorage Daily News, 29 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Flamethrower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamethrower. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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