space heater


Definition of space heater

: a usually portable appliance for heating a relatively small area

Examples of space heater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Things like the television, lights, space heaters, and other things plugged in began turning on and off at unexpected times. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Rent the Famously Haunted Hobo Hill House on Airbnb For Spooky Season," 4 Sep. 2019 And never put clothing, papers or other combustible items close to a space heater. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "5 Michigan kids died in house fires this week. Here's how to ensure it doesn't happen again," 3 Nov. 2019 Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended. Rachel Tabler,, "Safe Kids Carroll: Safety reminders for the holiday season," 6 Dec. 2019 According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters cause 43% of home heater fires each year. 9. Lindsey Campbell, House Beautiful, "19 Dangerous Household Items You Should Quit Using Immediately," 15 Feb. 2019 Some athletes who can’t get hot enough temps outdoors create their own heat rooms by setting up a few space heaters next to a treadmill and cranking them up to 90 degrees. Wired, "Elite Athletes Are Changing How They Train for Extreme Heat," 30 Aug. 2019 The investigator relied on the interpreter’s opinion that the space heaters were safe. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "For generations, Illinois’ child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families with children in its care.," 20 June 2019 Heavy use of air conditioning in the summer and electric heat pumps and electric space heaters in winter. William Thornton |, al, "How do Alabama’s utility bills compare to other states?," 29 July 2019 The letter to the editor by Dennis Mockel assumes that: 1) the heating by electrical appliances is done by resistance heaters, such as those in toasters and room space heaters, and 2) the electricity is generated by fossil-fuel power plants. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Buildings can be made carbon free if they use electricity," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of space heater

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of space heater was in 1913

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8 Jan 2020

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“Space heater.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of space heater

US : a small device that is used for heating a room

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