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[fahyuh r-breyk] /ˈfaɪərˌbreɪk/
a strip of plowed or cleared land made to check the spread of a prairie or forest fire.
Origin of firebreak
1890-95; fire + break Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for firebreak
  • If possible, cut down all snags close to the firebreak prior to burning.
  • There was a firebreak around camp, but it wasn't going to stop this fire.
  • When she attempts to construct a firebreak, she gets blasted.
  • Prior to the burn date, a unit is carefully prepared by clearing flammable material from its perimeter, creating a firebreak.
  • firebreak construction, mowing, and herbicide application are also employed to restore and maintain brush prairie habitat.
British Dictionary definitions for firebreak


Also fireguard, fire line. a strip of open land in a forest or on a prairie, to arrest the advance of a fire
a measure taken to arrest the advance of anything dangerous or harmful
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