smoke detector

noun

: an alarm that activates automatically when it detects smoke

called also smoke alarm

Examples of smoke detector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a phone interview, the farm’s owner told me that the house was routinely inspected by a third party who, just a few weeks before the fire, had ensured there were working smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, 29 Feb. 2024 Smoke And Fire Detection Systems Such systems are powered by revolutionary technologies, like heat sensors, smoke detectors and fire alarms that detect and alert the occupants for potential fire risks. Amit Samsukha, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Property owners are required by city ordinance to ensure working smoke detectors are installed. Elliot Hughes, Journal Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2024 When it was built, the structure conformed with building codes that did not require automatic sprinklers or smoke detectors in any of the housing areas. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Officials do not know if there were working smoke detectors in the house. Lindsey Holden, Sacramento Bee, 4 Feb. 2024 Amazon tried something similar with the Dash Replenishment Service, but that’s now mostly meant for things like smoke detectors and laundry machines. David Pierce, The Verge, 9 Jan. 2024 There were working smoke detectors in the home, but the occupants were likely unable to escape because of the location of the fire on the first floor and because one adult was alone with six children, the fire department said last week. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, 8 Jan. 2024 Milwaukee city codes requires all buildings built after 1992 to have smoke detectors. Gina Lee Castro, Journal Sentinel, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smoke detector was circa 1927

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“Smoke detector.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smoke%20detector. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

smoke detector

noun
: an alarm that activates automatically when it detects smoke

called also smoke alarm

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