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 Like all the hostages, the Rosens were showered with gifts — a new vacuum cleaner, hundreds of coupons to a local restaurant, a Persian rug. Del Quentin Wilber Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 For fabric lampshades, run the soft brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner across the surface to remove dust. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 May 2021 Like a gigantic vacuum cleaner that sucks, the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has ripped the covers off of many longstanding problems in society. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Brush rolls penetrate in between the carpet fibers to lift dust and dirt to the surface where it can be sucked up by your vacuum cleaner. Lauren Corona,, 4 Apr. 2021 The scarcity drove a panicked Prime Minister Boris Johnson to beg airplane, automotive and even vacuum cleaner manufacturers — with no experience in producing medical devices — to retool their assembly lines and invent new machines. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2021 When McVeigh did carry out the bombing, Mr. Noble was working as a vacuum cleaner salesman in Texas. New York Times, 26 Jan. 2021 Aside from being the world’s first self-cleaning robot mop, the Narwal T10 Self-Cleaning Robot Mop & Vacuum is also a first-rate robotic vacuum cleaner with strong suction and plenty of bells and whistles. Maren Estrada, BGR, 26 May 2021 Use a double-layered microfilter bag or a HEPA filter in your vacuum cleaner. Korin Miller,, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of vacuum cleaner

1903, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jun 2021

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“Vacuum cleaner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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