vacuum cleaner

noun
an electrical appliance for cleaning carpets, floors, etc., by suction.
Also called vacuum sweeper.


Origin:
1900–05

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vacuum cleaner
 
n
an electrical household appliance used for cleaning floors, carpets, furniture, etc, by suction
 
vacuum cleaning
 
n

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Example sentences
Not even replacement soaps, etc or evidence a vacuum cleaner ever touched the
  carpet.
Vacuums carpet using an upright vacuum cleaner to remove dirt.
In the halls were plugs for the vacuum cleaner, and in the living-room plugs
  for the piano lamp, for the electric fan.
Once introduced to the vacuum cleaner, its mechanical nature may overexcite him
  and cause him to proceed with inappropriate haste.
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