American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that extinguishes, especially:
- n. Any of various portable mechanical devices for spraying and extinguishing a fire with chemicals.
- n. A small metal cone or cup on a long handle, used for snuffing out candles; a snuffer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which extinguishes, or suppresses or puts out of existence. Specifically— A hollow conical cap for extinguishing the flame of a candle or lamp.
- n. A portable apparatus for extinguishing fire. See fire-extinguisher.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, extinguishes; esp., a hollow cone or other device for extinguishing a flame, as of a torch or candle.
- n. a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires
- to extinguish + -er (Wiktionary)
“If your fire extinguisher is depressurized or broken, replace it.”
“You've probably heard that fire needs oxygen to burn (indeed, the principle behind CO2 fire extinguisher is to use the heavier carbon dioxide to displace the oxygen needed by the flame).”
“Compare this to the roughly 16, 000 murders, 89,000 rapes, 441,000 robberies, and 834,000 assaults and tell me whether a gun or a fire extinguisher is more paranoid.”
“I got in trouble for doing on the job research - no dictionaries in the classroom and I needed to spell the word extinguisher - so I found the nearest fire extinguisher and copied down the spelling.”
“The extinguisher label The extinguisher label gives operating instructions and identifies the class, or classes, of fire on which the extinguisher may be used safely.”
“Make sure the pin is in place (it has not been damaged) and the extinguisher is at the correct pressure.”
“Andrade stated in the calls that people in jail were afraid of him because of his reputation for wielding a fire extinguisher, which is the suspected murder weapon.”
“The phone calls were also laden with derogatory remarks towards homosexuals, and he stated that people in jail are scared of him because of his reputation for wielding a fire extinguisher, which is the suspected murder weapon.”
“If the extinguisher was a 4A:10B:C, that would mean that it could quell a larger B fire (10 square feet) than a class A fire (only 4 square feet).”
“Nobody dreams of being offended by it; nobody conceives that dress is an extinguisher, which is true of every species of dress, and of the gown in particular.”
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