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[thur-muh s] /ˈθɜr məs/
a vacuum bottle or similar container lined with an insulating material, such as polystyrene, to keep liquids hot or cold.
Also called thermos bottle.
Origin of thermos
1905-10; formerly a trademark Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I think she takes a thermos bottle, too, and an aluminum cooking set, Brent said.

    Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • In their places, suddenly, there were the thermos and the binoculars.

    The Hohokam Dig Theodore Pratt
  • We had found that a glass of very hot water relieved it, and we kept always a thermos bottle or two filled and ready.

  • The day of that blessed comfort of the trail, the thermos flask, was not yet.

  • She set herself up on the bleachers, and Fiona found her with a thermos of coffee and a flask of whisky.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • So she gets out the sandwiches and the thermos bottle and we take it that way.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for thermos


trademark a type of stoppered vacuum flask used to preserve the temperature of its contents See also Dewar flask
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thermos



trademark registered in Britain 1907, invented by Sir James Dewar (patented 1904 but not named then), from Greek thermos "hot" (see thermal). Dewar built the first one in 1892, but it was first manufactured commercially in Germany in 1904, when two glass blowers formed Thermos GmbH. Supposedly the company sponsored a contest to name the thing, and a Munich resident won with a submission of Thermos.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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