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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fire-extinguisher

Historical Examples of fire-extinguisher

  • I might raffle 'em off, only nobody'd be likely to buy chances on a fire-extinguisher.


    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.


    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

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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