vacuum cleaner


Definition of vacuum cleaner 

: a household appliance for cleaning floors, carpets, upholstery, etc. by suction

called also vacuum sweeper

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Our alternative was to grab the vacuum cleaner and start sucking up hundreds of bugs. Christopher Muther,, "How to survive an Airbnb disaster, bugs and all," 5 July 2018 The $200 billion in products under consideration for a new 10% duty includes bicycles, sound systems, refrigerators, pocketbooks, vacuum cleaners, cosmetics, tools and seafood. ... Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Senate rebuke of Trump tariffs won't actually change anything," 12 July 2018 Various home products are also on the list, including flooring materials, hammers, screwdrivers, refrigerators and vacuum cleaners. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "This Time Around, Chinese Consumer Products Would Face Tariffs," 11 July 2018 The trusty vacuum cleaner has long been a staple in any home storage closet. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Google Doodle Honors the Inventor of the First Powered Vacuum Cleaner Hubert Cecil Booth," 5 July 2018 Theft Two males stole six Dyson vacuum cleaners from Lowe’s, 1000 Willow Road, on June 22, police said. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Blotter: 6 Dyson vacuums stolen from Lowe's in Northbrook," 6 July 2018 Or, at the very least, make sure there’s a functioning vacuum cleaner on site. Christopher Muther,, "How to survive an Airbnb disaster, bugs and all," 5 July 2018 Wherever the coils are located, clean them with the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "The kitchen is the germiest room. Here's how to deep clean everything.," 3 July 2018 Best known for its Roomba vacuum cleaner, the company makes many other product as well—such as robots that defuse IEDs and other deadly contraptions in war zones. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break, part one: Rodney Brooks and robot ethics," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of vacuum cleaner

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vacuum cleaner was in 1903

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English Language Learners Definition of vacuum cleaner

: an electrical machine that cleans floors, rugs, etc., by sucking up dirt, dust, etc.

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Kids Definition of vacuum cleaner

: an electrical appliance for cleaning (as floors or rugs) by suction

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