vacuum cleaner


Definition of vacuum cleaner

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

called also vacuum sweeper

Examples of vacuum cleaner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Check out all of our vacuum cleaner content, plus our round-ups of the best robot mops, floor cleaners and steam mops. Jodhaira Rodriguez, Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 Dan cuts the vacuum cleaner cord and moves toward Brenda. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 Clean the vent duct behind your dryer using a vacuum cleaner hose. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Next door, the Bard Room, a new event space named for Stanley Bard in a former vacuum cleaner repair shop, began hosting parties this spring. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Still there are striking juxtapositions: a ravishing delicately fluttering late de Kooning drawing hangs next to Jeff Koons’s impatient ballpoint pen sketch for an early vacuum cleaner piece. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Plus, the stick vacuum cleaner transforms into a handheld device, which is the ideal size to address smaller messes or clean the inside of a car. Amy Schulman,, 26 Nov. 2021 This robot vacuum cleaner is among the most popular at Amazon, having earned over 15,000 perfect ratings. Amy Schulman,, 1 July 2022 Alternatively, do something about those dustballs chilling under your couch and grab a high-tech vacuum cleaner, which is designed to automatically adjust to multiple surfaces. Andrea Aguila, Glamour, 6 July 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Vacuum cleaner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of vacuum cleaner

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

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