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firebreak

[fahyuh r-breyk]
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noun
  1. a strip of plowed or cleared land made to check the spread of a prairie or forest fire.

Origin of firebreak

First recorded in 1890–95; fire + break
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Examples from the Web for firebreak

Historical Examples

  • If there were poles, it might be the clearing for a telegraph line to a signal station; if it was broader, a firebreak.

    In the Track of the Trades

    Lewis R. Freeman

  • She crossed the firebreak and rode up over the ridge calling her cheery "Hoo-hoo-hoo!"

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl


British Dictionary definitions for firebreak

firebreak

noun
  1. Also: fireguard, fire line a strip of open land in a forest or on a prairie, to arrest the advance of a fire
  2. a measure taken to arrest the advance of anything dangerous or harmful
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