from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A portable apparatus containing chemicals that can be discharged in a rapid stream to extinguish a small fire.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires
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