American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Impervious or resistant to damage by fire.
- v. To make fireproof.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Proof against fire; so constructed or protected as to be incombustible. Buildings are rendered fire-proof by the exclusive use in their construction of non-combustible materials, as stone. brick, iron, cement, concrete, and asbestos. In the case of textile fabrics, as cotton and linen, the means adopted is saturation with various salts, as borax, which leave their crystals in the substance of the fabric. Wood is best protected by silicate of soda, which on the application of strong heat fuses into a glass, and, not only enveloping the outside, but also filling the internal pores of the wood, shields it from contact with the oxygen of the air. All that can be done to protect combustible materials by any process, however, is the prevention of conflagration; no process yet known can prevent smoldering.
- To render proof against fire by some protecting cover, by chemical treatment, or by construction with incombustible materials.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Proof against fire; incombustible.
- adj. impervious to damage by fire
- v. make resistant to fire
- fire + -proof (Wiktionary)
“The term fireproof buildings shall apply to all buildings in which the principal parts are made of incombustible materials, these principal parts consisting mainly in walls, floor construction, roof construction, furring, ceiling, stairs and all shaft enclosures.”
“In the movie the word fireproof is used a couple of times from one firefighter to another specifically talking about marriage.”
“The destructive consequences attending fire in such buildings, whose iron and masonry construction is called fireproof, show that some other form of construction is necessary to obtain the desired results of minimizing the annual cost of the maintenance of the invested capital, as represented by insurance, depreciation, interest and taxation.”
“It is needless to say that when wooden doors are lined, they should be lined on both sides; but frequently we find so-called fireproof doors lined on one side only.”
“Once known as Temple Court, 5 Beekman Street was built in 1882 and today is the earliest surviving "fireproof" office building of the pre-skyscraper period.”
“How indispensable osseogen becomes may be realized when people begin to know enough about themselves to realize that our bone structure must be "fireproof" in order to last for the normal span of human life!”
“Company after company dashed into the blazing "fireproof" building, urged by the hoarse profanity of the chief.”
“My impression is that "fireproof," in the American tongue, is one of those agreeable but quite meaningless phrases which adorn the languages of all nations.”
“Despite the efforts of the firemen, the flames made rapid progress, and in an hour the "fireproof" building was known to be doomed.”
“If a homeowner permits the creosote to construct up, it can catch fire and cause cracks within the "fireproof" brick, stone, or clay flue liners.”
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