Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several halocarbons used as fire-extinguishing agents.

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  • n. A hydrocarbon in which one or more hydrogen atoms have been replaced by halogens

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

  • n. a compound in which the hydrogen atoms of a hydrocarbon have been replaced by bromine and other halogen atoms; very stable; used in fire extinguishers although it is thought to release bromine that depletes the ozone layer

Etymologies

Blend of halogen and carbon (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is also concern that if a large quantity of lithium-ion batteries was to ignite, it could overwhelm a halon suppression system.

    Battery Safety Fight: Pilots Take On Big Business After Deadly Crash

  • The compartment didn't have a halon gas fire suppression system.

    Battery Safety Fight: Pilots Take On Big Business After Deadly Crash

  • The halon gas fire suppression systems required in the cargo compartments of passenger planes don't work on fires caused by lithium metal batteries.

    Battery Safety Fight: Pilots Take On Big Business After Deadly Crash

  • She coughed the sweetness of the halon and the bitterness of the magick out of her lungs.

    Sparks

  • Her respirator would be of small help in filtering out the inert halon.

    Sparks

  • But what stopped her in her tracks was that unmistakable smell, beneath the artificial sweetness of the halon.

    Sparks

  • A braying alarm sounded from the ceiling and with a piercing hiss, streams of halon gas shot from pipes above and below the machine, enveloping the room's occupants -- one human, one not -- in a ghostly white fog.

    Forgetfulness

  • The hacker slapped the scram switch with his palm and the power went off; halon gas shot into the computer housing and extinguished the flames.

    Forgetfulness

  • If there was a fire you hit the scram button, which shut off the computer, summoned the fire department and dumped halon gas on the machine to extinguish the flames.

    Forgetfulness

  • Can be smothered by foam or halon gas; a service tunnel between the two rail tunnels provides an escape route.

    Why Do Brits Hate The Chunnel?

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