re·frig·er·a·tor | \ ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrā-tər \

Definition of refrigerator 

: something that refrigerates especially : a room or appliance for keeping food or other items cool

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Park's Fried Chicken was closed for cold and hot foods not being held to the proper temperature, a malfunctioning refrigerator, hot holding units, insect infestation, no soap, no paper towels and general unsanitary conditions. Todd Stewart,, "Lexington Market: Health Department closures since 2012," 13 July 2018 The $200 billion in products under consideration for a new 10% duty includes bicycles, sound systems, refrigerators, pocketbooks, vacuum cleaners, cosmetics, tools and seafood. ... Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Senate rebuke of Trump tariffs won't actually change anything," 12 July 2018 Cabinets and counters on both sides of the van store cooking supplies, and the galley kitchen includes a microwave, refrigerator, sink, and two-burner induction stove. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018 Their medications were stored in a refrigerator, as requested by the family, the spokesperson said. Samantha Schmidt,, "A couple visited their soldier son-in-law on July 4. The Army turned them over to ICE.," 10 July 2018 This advice carries over to appliances as well, with the exception of refrigerators, which normally come out in the spring. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime Day: insider tips to getting the best deals and avoiding the hype," 9 July 2018 Beyond the things in an office, e-waste denotes refrigerators, toasters, washing machines, stereo systems, electric toothbrushes, and the sort of toys that do things on their own. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "'E-waste': Getting grip on a growing global problem," 9 July 2018 For stainless steel refrigerators, use stainless steel spray. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "The kitchen is the germiest room. Here's how to deep clean everything.," 3 July 2018 At the back of the facility is a restaurant-style kitchen complete with walk-in refrigerator, industrial stoves and a prep area. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Chefs on a mission to make Lisle 'the mecca of the pizza world' with new academy," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of refrigerator

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of refrigerator was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of refrigerator

: a device or room that is used to keep things (such as food and drinks) cold


re·frig·er·a·tor | \ ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrā-tər \

Kids Definition of refrigerator

: a device or room for keeping articles (as food) cool

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