American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several halocarbons used as fire-extinguishing agents.
- n. organic chemistry A hydrocarbon in which one or more hydrogen atoms have been replaced by halogens
- n. a compound in which the hydrogen atoms of a hydrocarbon have been replaced by bromine and other halogen atoms; very stable; used in fire extinguishers although it is thought to release bromine that depletes the ozone layer
- Blend of halogen and carbon (Wiktionary)
“There is also concern that if a large quantity of lithium-ion batteries was to ignite, it could overwhelm a halon suppression system.”
“The compartment didn't have a halon gas fire suppression system.”
“The halon gas fire suppression systems required in the cargo compartments of passenger planes don't work on fires caused by lithium metal batteries.”
“She coughed the sweetness of the halon and the bitterness of the magick out of her lungs.”
“Her respirator would be of small help in filtering out the inert halon.”
“But what stopped her in her tracks was that unmistakable smell, beneath the artificial sweetness of the halon.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Can be smothered by foam or halon gas; a service tunnel between the two rail tunnels provides an escape route.”
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