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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 of extinguisher
1550-1560
1550-60; extinguish + -er1
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  • If one device overheats in a passenger cabin, that fire can be readily handled with an extinguisher.

    What Pilots Fear Patrick Smith September 2, 2009
Word Origin and History for extinguisher
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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