space heater

noun

Definition of space heater 

: a usually portable appliance for heating a relatively small area

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The homeowner had apparently turned on his space heater to keep warm in this weekend’s colder weather, Obert said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Space heater catches fire at elderly man's home in SE Houston," 16 Apr. 2018 Plus, many space heaters have specific manufacturer's instructions, like only plugging them directly into a wall outlet. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Why You Should NEVER Plug Space Heaters Into Power Strips," 29 Nov. 2017 Miller, Alliee, and Miller’s son were sleeping in the car with the space heater on when the fire began. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "4-Year-Old Dies in Car Fire Ignited by Space Heater — and Her Parents Face Charges," 24 May 2018 Crime scene photos show few possessions of value in the residence — two black microwaves, a dated box television, a space heater propped on a metal rack in the kitchen. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some refugees resettling in America find gun violence instead of peace," 27 June 2018 Shepard says the family relied on multiple space heaters to keep warm in their mobile home, and Cummins’ wife and daughter were out buying propane when the fire erupted in the living room. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "13-Year-Old Oklahoma Boy Dies Trying to Save Paralyzed Dad From House Fire," 19 Jan. 2018 Put space heaters on level, hard surfaces and keep them at least three feet from flammable items. Use a screen in front of fireplaces to catch sparks. Roy N. Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Katy gets hail as temperatures drop in greater Houston area," 12 Jan. 2018 Seated beside a fireplace, the center aglow with a decorative space heater, I was pleasantly warmed. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Zen Garden is perfect example of how good vegetarian food can be | Review," 10 Jan. 2018 Samierra Jones, a Coppin State University senior and graduate of Baltimore City Public School system, started a GoFundMe page seeking $20,000 to purchase 600 space heaters and other materials. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Beleaguered Baltimore reopens most schools minus icicles," 8 Jan. 2018

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1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of space heater was in 1913

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space heater

noun

English Language Learners Definition of space heater

: a small device that is used for heating a room

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