What does fire extinguisher mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fire extinguisher, extinguisher, asphyxiator(noun)

    a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires


  1. fire extinguisher(Noun)

    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.


  1. Fire extinguisher

    A fire extinguisher, flame extinguisher, or simply an extinguisher, is an active fire protection device used to extinguish or control small fires, often in emergency situations. It is not intended for use on an out-of-control fire, such as one which has reached the ceiling, endangers the user, or otherwise requires the expertise of a fire department. Typically, a fire extinguisher consists of a hand-held cylindrical pressure vessel containing an agent which can be discharged to extinguish a fire. In the United States, fire extinguishers, in all buildings other than houses, are generally required to be serviced and inspected by a Fire Protection service company at least annually. Some jurisdictions require more frequent service for fire extinguishers. The servicer places a tag on the extinguisher to indicate the type of service performed and when. There are two main types of fire extinguishers: stored pressure and cartridge-operated. In stored pressure units, the expellant is stored in the same chamber as the firefighting agent itself. Depending on the agent used, different propellants are used. With dry chemical extinguishers, nitrogen is typically used; water and foam extinguishers typically use air. Stored pressure fire extinguishers are the most common type. Cartridge-operated extinguishers contain the expellant gas in a separate cartridge that is punctured prior to discharge, exposing the propellant to the extinguishing agent. This type is not as common, used primarily in areas such as industrial facilities, where they receive higher-than-average use. They have the advantage of simple and prompt recharge, allowing an operator to discharge the extinguisher, recharge it, and return to the fire in a reasonable amount of time. Unlike stored pressure types, these extinguishers use compressed carbon dioxide instead of nitrogen, although nitrogen cartridges are used on low temperature models. Cartridge operated extinguishers are available in dry chemical and dry powder types in the U.S. and in water, wetting agent, foam, dry chemical, and dry powder types in the rest of the world.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fire extinguisher in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fire extinguisher in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mary Morrison:

    Our guest that was staying with us yelled, ‘ Fire ! Fire ! ’ and then you grabbed the fire extinguisher.

  2. Daniel Wolfe:

    If you have a fire extinguisher that costs several hundred dollars, some people are going to go without and some are going to get burned.

  3. Bob Mule:

    It was too hot, too much smoke, I had to get out of there, i literally felt my skin peeling and my lungs being suffocated by smoke. I couldn’t get the fire extinguisher to work.

  4. Giuliano Amato:

    I wrote Article 50, so I know it well, my intention was that it should be a classic safety valve that was there, but never used. It is like having a fire extinguisher that should never have to be used. Instead, the fire happened.

  5. Officer Dan Williams:

    My partner went and tried to get in through the van door, the flames came at him, he had to back out. I grabbed the fire extinguisher, I tried to extinguish the flames, but the van burst into flames very, very quickly and we were unable to assist in getting anybody out of the van.

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