smoke detector

noun

Definition of smoke detector

: 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 Firefighters responded after a smoke detector went off. oregonlive, "Unconscious man rescued from Vancouver apartment fire, treated for smoke inhalation," 3 July 2020 Most alarms will chirp when the smoke detector battery is almost dead. Nicole Bradley, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Best Smoke Detectors to Keep Your Family Safe," 2 June 2020 If placing high on a wall, the smoke detector should be at least 12 inches from the ceiling. Nicole Bradley, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Best Smoke Detectors to Keep Your Family Safe," 2 June 2020 The homes had rats, roaches, faulty wiring, missing smoke detectors, and as many as 13 people living in small, two-bedroom units. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: A pandemic declared; DEA agents try to take down violent drug cartel," 12 Mar. 2020 Though the building had numerous code violations and no working smoke detectors, city officials haven’t implemented any reforms to improve safety measures. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "10 children were killed a year ago in one of Chicago’s deadliest fires. The cause is still unknown, and officials have been mostly silent.," 22 Aug. 2019 My husband set off the smoke detectors while cooking one time. New York Times, "The Sassiest Kid Comments," 18 Apr. 2020 Most American homes have smoke detectors, according to Milke. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Sykesville fire: Investigators ‘confident’ smoke alarms weren’t present. The state could be responsible.," 15 Nov. 2019 Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service officials plan to return to the neighborhood Wednesday evening to remind residents of the importance of having smoke detectors. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Man killed in early-morning Wylam house fire," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of smoke detector

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smoke detector was circa 1927

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7 Jul 2020

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“Smoke detector.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smoke%20detector. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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smoke detector

noun
smoke de·​tec·​tor | \ -di-ˈtek-tər \

Kids Definition of smoke detector

: a device that sounds an alarm automatically when it detects smoke

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