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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.
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1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Sawdust-packed thermite grenades were stacked right up to the perforated pipes of the sprinkler system.

    The Great Potlatch Riots Allen Kim Lang
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sprinkler system

a fire-extinguishing system that releases water from overhead pipes through nozzles (sprinklers) opened automatically by a rise in temperature
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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