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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Urban Ladder makes bookshelves with glass fronts to protect against India’s dust, and knotted rugs, which don’t require vacuum cleaners. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "IKEA’s Strategy in India: If We Build It, They Will Come," 23 July 2018 It's called Terra, and it's made by the same company that brought Roomba, the robot vacuum cleaner, to your home. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The Company Behind Roomba Is Making a Robot Lawn Mower," 1 Feb. 2019 Carpet cleaners are much heavier to push and more cumbersome to use than traditional vacuum cleaners. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Carpet Cleaners to Buy in 2019," 15 Jan. 2019 This super-efficient vacuum cleaner is completely bagless and comes with a washable and reusable dust cup that requires less frequent replacement. Popular Mechanics, "All of These Gadgets Are an Extra 20% Off for Cyber Monday," 26 Nov. 2018 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

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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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