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extinguisher

[ik-sting-gwi-sher] /ɪkˈstɪŋ gwɪ ʃər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that extinguishes.
3.
an instrument consisting of a cone-shaped cup attached to a handle or the end of a pole, for extinguishing a candle by momentarily closing off the burning wick from the air.
Compare candlesnuffer.
Origin of extinguisher
1550-1560
First recorded in 1550-60; extinguish + -er1
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Examples from the Web for extinguisher
Contemporary Examples
  • If one device overheats in a passenger cabin, that fire can be readily handled with an extinguisher.

    What Pilots Fear Patrick Smith September 3, 2009
Historical Examples
  • This last was a concession to Jan, who hated the extinguisher.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • A coronet is not merely an extinguisher: it is a hiding-place.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • I had failed to put the extinguisher on the lighter, and the wick had gone on burning.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • He could not put out a fire with a spear, therefore he invented the extinguisher.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Fenellan, would have discharged an extinguisher on punctilio in emission.

  • It was an octagonal turret, crowned by a roof in the form of an extinguisher.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • We tried to stop the fire with an extinguisher and cans of water.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • I flatter myself, I have laid an extinguisher, for ever, upon that pretext.

  • Why will a piece of paper twisted like an extinguisher put out a candle?

    The Reason Why Anonymous
Word Origin and History for extinguisher
n.

1550s, agent noun from extinguish. As a mechanical device for putting out fires, from 1887.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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