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Extinguish Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    extinguish v
  1. put an end to; kill; "The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children" [syn: snuff out]
  2. put out, as of fires, flames, or lights; "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained"; "quench the flames"; "snuff out the candles" [syn: snuff out, blow out, quench] [ant: ignite]
  3. extinguish by crushing; "stub out your cigar" [syn: stub out, crush out, press out]
  4. kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire population" [syn: eliminate, annihilate, eradicate, wipe out, decimate, carry off]
Extinguish Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Extinguish \Ex*tin"guish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Extinguished; p pr. & vb. n. Extinguishing.] [L. extinguere, exstinguere; ex out + stinguere to quench. See Distinguish, Finish.]
  1. To quench; to put out, as a light or fire; to stifle; to cause to die out; to put an end to; to destroy; as, to extinguish a flame, or life, or love, or hope, a pretense or a right. A light which the fierce winds have no power to extinguish. --Prescott. This extinguishes my right to the reversion. --Blackstone.
  2. To obscure; to eclipse, as by superior splendor. Natural graces that extinguish art. --Shak
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Extinguish'


A fire extinguisher is an active fire protection device used to extinguish or control small fires, often in emergency situations. It is not intended for use on an out-of-control fire, such as one which has reached the ceiling, endangers the user (i.e. no escape route, smoke, explosion hazard, etc.), or otherwise requires the expertise of a fire department. Typically, a fire extinguisher consists of a hand-held cylindrical pressure vessel containing an agent which can be discharged to extinguish a fire.

There are two main types of fire extinguishers: stored pressure and cartridge-operated. In stored pressure units, the expellant is stored in the same chamber as the firefighting agent itself. Depending on the agent used, different propellants are used. With dry chemical extinguishers, nitrogen is typically used; water and foam extinguishers typically use air. Stored pressure fire extinguishers are the most common type. Cartridge-operated extinguishers contain the expellant gas in a separate cartridge that is punctured prior to discharge, exposing the propellant to the extinguishing agent. This type is not as common, used primarily in areas such as industrial facilities, where they receive higher-than-average use. They have the advantage of simple and prompt recharge, allowing an operator to discharge the extinguisher, recharge it, and return to the fire in a reasonable amount of time. Unlike stored pressure types, these extinguishers utilize compressed carbon dioxide instead of nitrogen, although nitrogen cartridges are used on low temperature (-60 rated) models. Cartridge operated extinguishers are available in dry chemical and dry powder types in the US and in water, wetting agent, foam, dry chemical (classes ABC and BC),and dry powder (class D) types in the rest of the world.

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* Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. - Socrates

* If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it. - Thomas Jefferson


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  • House fire in Banks
    ACT Fire and Rescue are working to extinguish a fire at a property on Wittunga Crescent in Banks. Read more on this news related to 'Extinguish'
  • Firefighters extinguish Black Rock apartment building blaze
    Firefighters from several companies battled a blaze Sunday afternoon at a large, 2 1/2-story Black Rock building containing four apartments, but only one of the apartments was occupied. Read more on this news related to 'Extinguish'
  • Neighbors helped extinguish fire at Flanders home, chief says
    Flanders Fire Chief Frank Zeller said the fire began around 2 a.m., but had been mostly extinguished by the homeowners with the help of a neighbor when crews arrived. Read more on this news related to 'Extinguish'

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