fireproofing

[ fahyuh r-proo-fing ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌpru fɪŋ /
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noun

the act or process of rendering fireproof.
material for use in making anything fireproof.

Nearby words

  1. firepit,
  2. fireplace,
  3. fireplug,
  4. firepower,
  5. fireproof,
  6. fireroom,
  7. firesafe,
  8. fireside,
  9. fireside chat,
  10. fireside chats

Origin of fireproofing

First recorded in 1865–70; fireproof + -ing1

fireproof

[ fahyuh r-proof ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌpruf /

adjective

resistant to destruction by fire.
totally or almost totally unburnable.

verb (used with object)

to make fireproof.

Origin of fireproof

First recorded in 1630–40; fire + -proof

Related formsnon·fire·proof, adjectivequa·si-fire·proof, adjective

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Examples from the Web for fireproofing

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

    Porto Rico|Arthur D. Hall


British Dictionary definitions for fireproofing

fireproof

/ (ˈfaɪəˌpruːf) /

adjective

capable of resisting damage by fire

verb

(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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