hazmat was our Word of the Day on 01/03/2007. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of hazmat from the Web
Authorities say the precinct was evacuated after a hazmat team confirmed the substance as fentanyl.
Horse owners and staff have been advised to wear hazmat suits, spray stalls with bleach and disinfect their shoes.
The fire department could not be reached for comment on the apparent hazmat situation because its members are on scene at the school, a fire department employee said.
The entire 18-wheeler was inside of the building following the crash, with hazmat gasses inside of the truck's trailer.
Several emergency agencies were called to the area, including Howard County Emergency Management, the Kokomo Fire Department and the KFD hazmat team.
These days, the firm’s clientele is expanding to the behavioral hazmat zones of Silicon Valley.
The Kennett Square headquarters of one of the world's largest mushroom distributors was evacuated Wednesday morning because of a hazmat situation.
On the third night the truck appears, Ally accosts a person in a hazmat suit spraying her lawn.
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Did You Know?
The origin of "hazmat" is clear enough - it was formed by combining the first three letters of each of two words: "hazardous" and "material." The word hazmat is fairly young, first appearing in print in 1980. Although it is a noun, "hazmat" tends to be used attributively, meaning that it often appears in sentences before another noun as if it were performing the duties of an adjective (as in "hazmat team" and "hazmat worker").
Origin and Etymology of hazmat
First Known Use: 1980See Words from the same year
medical Definition of hazmat
- toxic waste hauled away by workers in hazmat suits
- —Tom Spousta
- hazmat storage
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