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fireproofing

[fahyuh r-proo-fing]
noun
  1. the act or process of rendering fireproof.
  2. material for use in making anything fireproof.
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Origin of fireproofing

First recorded in 1865–70; fireproof + -ing1

fireproof

[fahyuh r-proof]
adjective
  1. resistant to destruction by fire.
  2. totally or almost totally unburnable.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make fireproof.
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Origin of fireproof

First recorded in 1630–40; fire + -proof
Related formsnon·fire·proof, adjectivequa·si-fire·proof, adjective
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Historical Examples of fireproofing

  • This shows the importance of fireproofing all woodwork on board ships.

    Porto Rico

    Arthur D. Hall


British Dictionary definitions for fireproofing

fireproof

adjective
  1. capable of resisting damage by fire
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verb
  1. (tr) to make resistant to fire
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Word Origin and History for fireproofing

fireproof

adj.

1630s, from fire (n.) + proof. As a verb, from 1867. Related: Fireproofed; fireproofing.

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