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sprinkler system

apparatus for automatically extinguishing fires in a building, consisting of a system of water pipes in or below the ceilings, with valves or sprinklers usually made to open automatically at a certain temperature.
Origin of sprinkler system
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Sailor performs a fire fighting sprinkler system check.
  • Timers will automatically shut off your sprinkler system after a set period so you don't have to remember.
  • Moments later, because of the heat, the sprinkler system erupted.
  • The resulting fire caused the building's sprinkler system to kick in, flooding the book-return room and soaking books.
  • Use your automatic sprinkler system and a mini-soaker hose to water plants that can endure spending time outdoors.
  • Coaches, players, staff and fans were evacuated following a water line break in the fire sprinkler system of the arena.
  • Water damage from a sprinkler system will be more extensive than fire damage.
  • The sprinkler system will severely limit a fire's growth.
  • The sprinkler system activated one head over the stove and extinguished the fire.
  • According to this standard, it is the owner's responsibility to have the fire sprinkler system maintained and operable.
British Dictionary definitions for sprinkler system

sprinkler system

a fire-extinguishing system that releases water from overhead pipes through nozzles (sprinklers) opened automatically by a rise in temperature
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