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Definition of "extinguisher" []

  • One that extinguishes, especially: (noun)
  • Any of various portable mechanical devices for spraying and extinguishing a fire with chemicals. (noun)
  • A small metal cone or cup on a long handle, used for snuffing out candles; a snuffer. (noun)
  • A portable device for extinguishing fires, usually consisting of a canister with a directional nozzle used to direct a spray of water, chemically generated foam, inert gas, or fine powder onto the fire (noun)

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Use "extinguisher" in a sentence
  • "If your fire extinguisher is depressurized or broken, replace it."
  • "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)."
  • "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."