res·pi·ra·tor | \ˈre-spə-ˌrā-tər \

Definition of respirator 

1 : a device worn over the mouth and nose to protect the respiratory tract by filtering out dangerous substances (such as dusts or fumes) from inhaled air

2 : a device for maintaining artificial respiration

Examples of respirator in a Sentence

The doctors put her on a respirator.

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Other footage showed chaotic clinics where medics were hosing down patients and treating them with respirators. Ben Hubbard And Hwaida Saad, New York Times, "Poison Gas Attack Reported by Syrian Anti-Government Activists," 7 Apr. 2018 The verdict form says the 3M respirator was defective and unreasonably dangerous. Fox News, "Jury awards $67M to ex-miners who used defective dust masks," 26 Apr. 2018 But a statue of Mohandas Gandhi in a Delhi park seemed girded for the struggle ahead: Antipollution campaigners had fitted the mahatma with a respirator mask. Brook Larmer, New York Times, "What Does It Take to Stop Accepting Pollution as the Price of Progress?," 23 Jan. 2018 In addition to the gun and ammo, police found a respirator, two cans of black spray paint, gloves, black tape, electric cords, two first aid kits and a handwritten note. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "No federal prison for Georgia man who brought gun, ammo into theater," 23 June 2018 The threat of toxic sulphur dioxide gas remains real, so people are being told to wear respirators. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could leave thousands trapped," 14 May 2018 As well-wishers continued to gather at an impromptu memorial near the scene of the attack, hazardous material cleanup teams wearing respirators and jumpsuits were using absorbent powder to remove bloodstains from the sidewalk. Dan Bilefsky And Ian Austen, New York Times, "Toronto Van Attack Suspect Expressed Anger at Women," 24 Apr. 2018 The entire island of 3.3 million people was without power, including hospitals and nursing homes, where people depended on respirators and other medical equipment. Lauren Padgett, ajc, "Study: Puerto Rico death toll 4,600 higher post-Maria," 30 May 2018 The home had a functioning pill lab equipped with respirators and other hazardous-materials gear. Cristina Corbin, Fox News, "Run-ins with Carfentanil: The opioid 5,000 times more potent than heroin," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of respirator

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of respirator

: a device that you wear over your mouth and nose so that you can breathe when there is a lot of dust, smoke, etc., in the air

medical : a device that helps people to breathe when they are not able to breathe naturally


res·pi·ra·tor | \ˈre-spə-ˌrā-tər \

Kids Definition of respirator

1 : a device covering the mouth or nose especially to prevent the breathing in of harmful substances (as dust or fumes)

2 : a device used for helping a person to breathe


res·pi·ra·tor | \ˈres-pə-ˌrāt-ər \

Medical Definition of respirator 

1 : a device (as a gas mask) worn over the mouth and nose to protect the respiratory system by filtering out dangerous substances (as dust or fumes) from inhaled air

2 : a device for maintaining artificial respiration a mechanical respirator

called also ventilator

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