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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Obviously, do not hose down the vacuum cleaner itself. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Once and For All," 6 Nov. 2018 Trump’s new list of levies covers every corner of the home: soaps and shampoos, hand tools and furniture, leather goods and handbags, refrigerators and vacuum cleaners, and plates and cups, to name a few. Daniela Wei, The Seattle Times, "Winners and losers from Trump’s tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018 The host also made up for the family’s missed Christmas with a prize pack that included all the items in the Ellen show’s recent 12 Days of Giveaways, including a 4K television, Dyson vacuum cleaner, luggage, and gift cards. Nick Vadala,, "Philly family gets $20,000 surprise after visit to 'Ellen' show," 3 May 2018 In one scenario, artificial intelligence slows hiring rates at call centers as people get used to doing things like managing their bank accounts online or troubleshooting their vacuum cleaners with chat assistants. James Hookway, WSJ, "Philippine Call Centers Try to Put Threat of Automation on Hold," 6 Aug. 2018 On July 10th America gave notice of its intention to place 10% tariffs on another $200bn-worth of Chinese goods, including swordfish, magnifying glasses, vacuum cleaners and red dye. The Economist, "Donald Trump insists on trade reciprocity. But what kind?," 12 July 2018 Rethink Robotics was cofounded by Rodney Brooks, who had previously cofounded iRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Groundbreaking maker of gentle factory robots shuts down," 8 Oct. 2018 Philips engaged in similar shenanigans with almost its entire portfolio of products in France, everything from kitchen appliances and vacuum cleaners to electric toothbrushes and trimmers. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Asus, Philips, and others fined for price fixing in Europe," 24 July 2018 But Dyson has made a mark around the globe by fusing innovative engineering and design to provide fresh takes on everyday appliances such as vacuum cleaners, fans and hand dryers. Daphne Zhang, WSJ, "Dyson Plans to Build Electric Cars in Singapore," 23 Oct. 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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