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 But the officer did figure out what was causing the noise that scared the wits out of the resident: There was a robot vacuum cleaner doing its thing in the kitchen. Emily Sweeney,, "Who’s the fairest turkey of them all?," 31 Jan. 2020 Nothing removes dirt and fine debris from the cracks and crevices of a wood floor like a good vacuum cleaner. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Hardwood Floors the Right Way," 23 Jan. 2020 Authorities alleged that on Oct. 8, 2017, Bektasevic called in sick to work, but later that day came to the school and stole an envelope of cash and a vacuum cleaner. Clifford Ward,, "Chicago janitor accused of stealing from Lisle school pleads guilty to burglary in DuPage County court," 17 Oct. 2019 Amazon has said nothing publicly about Vesta, but a year ago, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos posted an Instagram photo of an Echo speaker taped to a Roomba vacuum cleaner. Mark Gurman / Bloomberg, Time, "Amazon Is Building a Voice-Controlled Robot That’s Like a 'Mobile Alexa'," 12 July 2019 The blower was salvaged from a vacuum cleaner, with a head harness crafted from the inside of a bicycle helmet. Neil Steinberg, Quartz, "One billion people worldwide stop breathing while they sleep," 15 Dec. 2019 Viewers get exactly what the name promises: a lengthy, uninterrupted loop of a feline sitting atop a self-driving vacuum cleaner, riding back and forth, in and out of frame. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "New 9-Hour Loop of 'Christmas Cat' Hovering Atop a Robotic Vacuum Is Holiday Perfection," 13 Dec. 2019 And there are icons of the feminine, images of items that connote domesticity, sexuality and beauty: crock pots, baby carriers, vibrators, vacuum cleaners, tampons, tweezers. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Don’t tell Elyse Pignolet to ‘calm down.’ How one artist answers sexism with a roar," 23 Oct. 2019 Brenda Lafferty was beaten and strangled with a vacuum cleaner cord., "SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother’s wife and her toddler in 1984 because of his strong polygamist beliefs in a case made famous by the book ‘‘Under the Banner of Heaven’’ has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday.," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of vacuum cleaner

1903, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2020

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“Vacuum cleaner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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