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 The bullpen is headlined by 26-year-old flamethrower Gregory Soto, who became an All-Star for the first time in 2021. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 25 Aug. 2021 Meanwhile, Sheriff Jim Hopper (Harbour), who (spoiler alert!) was presumed dead in the previous season, is back, bald and wielding a flamethrower, while telekinetic wonder Eleven (Brown) gets captured, per usual, by evil men in suits. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2021 The ideal Army defense might be a microwave weapon that can cover a wide arc, taking down several drones at once—basically, an electromagnetic version of a flamethrower. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 Aug. 2021 Armed with a 100-mph fastball, Richard was joined by another flamethrower, Nolan Ryan, in Houstin in 1980. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 Porter, a flamethrower who has committed to Clemson but could easily get taken in the early rounds of next year’s MLB Draft, had a 0.56 ERA and a 0.690 WHIP. Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, 29 June 2021 The movie’s Grand Guignol ending, for example, which culminates with the aging actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) torching a member of the Manson family with a flamethrower, is dispensed with, early in the novel, in a few sentences. New York Times, 28 June 2021 In addition to the opinion of the unanimous Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh offered a concurring opinion for the record that read like a flamethrower. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 22 June 2021 That’s where Rodriguez first saw the groundswell of fans who planned to receive the Baysox’s blessing to bring new, unused gas cans to the ballpark to celebrate the flamethrower’s first start at Bowie. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of flamethrower

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Sep 2021

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“Flamethrower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamethrower. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flamethrower

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


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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