Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Anything that extinguishes something; but especially a fire extinguisher

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, extinguishes; esp., a hollow cone or other device for extinguishing a flame, as of a torch or candle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which extinguishes, or suppresses or puts out of existence.
  • n. A portable apparatus for extinguishing fire. See fire-extinguisher.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires

Etymologies

to extinguish + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If your fire extinguisher is depressurized or broken, replace it.

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Make sure the pin is in place (it has not been damaged) and the extinguisher is at the correct pressure.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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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