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extinguisher

[ik-sting-gwi-sher]
noun
  1. a person or thing that extinguishes.
  2. fire extinguisher.
  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.
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Origin of extinguisher

First recorded in 1550–60; extinguish + -er1
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Examples from the Web for extinguisher

Contemporary Examples of extinguisher

Historical Examples of extinguisher

  • 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.


Word Origin and History for extinguisher

n.

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

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