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fire extinguisher

a portable container, usually filled with special chemicals for putting out a fire.
Origin of fire extinguisher
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I might raffle 'em off, only nobody'd be likely to buy chances on a fire-extinguisher.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • "It's only my sprinkler—my fire-extinguisher," Hawkins explained.

  • It ain't likely no one in Kilo would buy a fire-extinguisher like them, all nickel-plated, if they had their senses about 'em.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • "Well, yes, if it pleases you," and here Ned produced the drawing of the fire-extinguisher.

    Phaeton Rogers Rossiter Johnson
  • In the house, Miss Ingate was coming slowly down the stairs, a fire-extinguisher in her arms, like a red baby.

    The Lion's Share E. Arnold Bennett
  • The cutting contempt of Mrs. James W. Colton's remark was fire-extinguisher sufficient for that night.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "I expect it'll turn out to be a fire-extinguisher, or something like that," pursued the truculent Ashley.

  • And I'm afraid my hair's loosening up, too, where your fire-extinguisher wet it.

British Dictionary definitions for fire-extinguisher


a portable device for extinguishing fires, usually consisting of a canister with a directional nozzle used to direct a spray of water, chemically generated foam, inert gas, or fine powder onto the fire
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