smoke detector


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 The cabin had a working smoke detector, sheriff's officials said. Fox News, 10 July 2021 Residents of the home evacuated unhurt after a smoke detector alerted them to the fire in the 8100 block of Finch Court. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2021 The cigar-chomping music critic climbed on his desk and, furiously puffing, whacked the new smoke detector out of the ceiling. Mary Schmich,, 19 June 2021 The man smoked an e-cigarette in an Alaska Airlines plane lavatory, activating the smoke detector system, the agency says. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 An Alaska Airlines passenger headed from Boise, Idaho, to Los Angeles is accused of smoking an e-cigarette in the onboard bathroom, setting off the smoke detector, and ignoring flight attendants' request to wear a mask. Allison Elyse Gualtieri, CBS News, 14 June 2021 These include the door lock, TV remote control, smoke detector, safe and thermostat. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 10 June 2021 In 2017, after the renters complained to the city about several things including plumbing and smoke detector issues, an inspector determined the foundation problems made the house uninhabitable. oregonlive, 28 Mar. 2021 The board also approved an ordinance amending the 2021 Arts, Entertainment & Events fund budget in the amount of $25,000 for Metropolis Performing Arts Centre smoke detector replacements. Elizabeth Owens-schiele,, 29 May 2021

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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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20 Jul 2021

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“Smoke detector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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smoke detector

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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