American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A portable apparatus containing chemicals that can be discharged in a rapid stream to extinguish a small fire.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An apparatus designed for immediate and temporary use in putting out a conflagration by means of a small stream of water or of water mingled with carbonic-acid gas. In the commonest form water is placed in a metal holder or vessel, and above it, within the holder, is placed a smaller vessel containing a chemical, as sulphuric acid, that may be set free by the turning of a handle or screw on the outside of the apparatus. Another chemical, commonly sodium bicarbonate, is also placed in the apparatus. When the acid is set free it combines with the sodium, setting free carbonic-acid gas, which, by its pressure, escapes when a nozle is opened, carrying the water with it in a strong stream. Such extinguishers are usually made portable, to be carried in the hand or upon the back, or are mounted upon a light truck to be drawn by a horse; but they are also made in heavier forms, when they are commonly called
- n. A device that can be used to put out a fire. Usually a cylinder filled with carbon dioxide, dry powder or water, in the latter two cases with some means of pressurising the cylinder to expel the contents.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a portable device designed to deliver chemicals, usually in a stream, that can suppress or extinguish a fire. Examples of fire extinghuishers are a carbon dioxide extinguisher, or CO2 extinguisher, and soda-acid extinguisher.
- n. a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires
“He and Jeremy here "-- he nodded at a man sitting across the table from him --" had taken the fire extinguisher from the bunkhouse and tried to get close to Major Halliwell's hut. ”
“The walls bore blueprint diagrams, ghostly X-ray negatives, a portrait of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a prized picture of Hedy Lamarr in the nude and, every twenty feet, a fire extinguisher and a bucket of sand.”
“Lucien heard a fire extinguisher whoosh, adding a chemical stink to the smoke as the former SB agent tackled the more stubborn blazes, but as far as Lucien could see, the sprinklers were dousing the fire—on all floors.”
“David Francis of the SDFD told us that RVers should purchase a fire extinguisher rated 20 BC, as it can best put out the kind of fires RVs experience.”
“Because it was Sunday they were having trouble getting the final items for the repairs — a fire extinguisher cartridge and something called the annular.”
“Buster Wright is the individual that hit one of the gunmen over the head with a fire extinguisher and held him until we arrived.”
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