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extinguisher

[ik-sting-gwi-sher] /ɪkˈstɪŋ gwɪ ʃər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that extinguishes.
3.
an instrument consisting of a cone-shaped cup attached to a handle or the end of a pole, for extinguishing a candle by momentarily closing off the burning wick from the air.
Compare candlesnuffer.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; extinguish + -er1
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  • At every other road-block, the policemen checked to see whether the truck was carrying a fire extinguisher.
  • Keep a bucket of water or, better still, a fire extinguisher handy if you experiment.
  • Nearby, in a storage room beside the vault, an ordinary-looking red fire extinguisher was strapped to the wall.
  • Please do not use the fire extinguisher unless there is no water in the toilets.
  • Fire extinguisher use requires a sound decision making process and training on their proper use and maintenance.
  • extinguishers come in all shapes and sizes and deciding which extinguisher is best is a difficult decision.
  • The extinguisher shall be checked for damage, dents, rust and that they are properly mounted on the wall.
  • Whenever an extinguisher is used, it must be recharged to ensure its future effectiveness.
  • The manufacture year is on the bottom of the extinguisher.
  • Generally, operation instructions are provided on the side of the fire extinguisher.
Word Origin and History for extinguisher
n.

1550s, agent noun from extinguish. As a mechanical device for putting out fires, from 1887.

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