fireproof

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fireproof impervious to damage by fire
    • v fireproof make resistant to fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: La Pax, Bolivia is a virtually fireproof city. At an altitude of about 12,000 feet above sea level, the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere is barely able to support fire.
    • a Fireproof Proof against fire; incombustible.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The bark of a redwood tree is fireproof. Fires that occur in a redwood forest take place inside the trees.
    • fireproof Proof against fire; so constructed or protected as to be incombustible. Buildings are rendered fire-proof by the exclusive use in their construction of non-combustible materials, as stone. brick, iron, cement, concrete, and asbestos. In the case of textile fabrics, as cotton and linen, the means adopted is saturation with various salts, as borax, which leave their crystals in the substance of the fabric. Wood is best protected by silicate of soda, which on the application of strong heat fuses into a glass, and, not only enveloping the outside, but also filling the internal pores of the wood, shields it from contact with the oxygen of the air. All that can be done to protect combustible materials by any process, however, is the prevention of conflagration; no process yet known can prevent smoldering.
    • fireproof To render proof against fire by some protecting cover, by chemical treatment, or by construction with incombustible materials.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The bark of an older redwood tree is fireproof.
    • adj Fireproof proof against fire
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.

Usage

In literature:

The house is practically fireproof, and I am sure we can hold it for a week or more, if need be.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
He writes at a large table, and has a fireproof safe at his elbow.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Granite looks so solid that people used to think it was fireproof; but it is really poor material in a great fire.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan
Pepys collected a very interesting library, which is now preserved in a fireproof room in Magdalene College, Cambridge.
"English Book Collectors" by William Younger Fletcher
I was very much disturbed; the safe was fireproof and I hoped to find the letters, but, alas!
"Two Wonderful Detectives" by Harlan Page Halsey
Now it was baked in a hot fire for several hours, so that when it was cool it was a fireproof bowl.
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
In this state it will be fireproof.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
It has the advantage of being absolutely waterproof and fireproof.
"Electricity for the farm" by Frederick Irving Anderson
The footlights and the apron are in front of the fireproof curtain.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
There is no pretense made at demands to compass the erection of fireproof buildings.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 647, May 26, 1888" by Various
That must be fireproof.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Evidently they had been fireproofed.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The floor is of fireproof, iron and concrete, construction.
"The Turkish Bath" by Robert Owen Allsop
This shows the importance of fireproofing all woodwork on board ships.
"Porto Rico" by Arthur D. Hall
At the fire they proved to be fireproof, and fell through the floor.
"Cupid's Middleman" by Edward B. Lent
Then with a deep mock-seriousness he demanded slowly if it were fireproof.
"The Story of Old Fort Loudon" by Charles Egbert Craddock
I don't know what these beasts use them for, but if they're fireproof, we can construct a grill with them.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
The chimney was ablaze, but that didn't matter in the least, as the house was fireproof.
"Lord Stranleigh Abroad" by Robert Barr
He was sure that the dividing walls between these basements were not fireproof.
"The Gray Mask" by Wadsworth Camp
All that our cities require to begin with is a proper fireproof building.
"The Library and Society" by Various
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In poetry:

An awful stench and dismal wail
Come from the broiling souls,
Whilst Satan with his fireproof tail
Stirs up the brimstone coals.
"Summer Heat" by Eugene Field

In news:

Schumer speaks out on Transit Hub fireproofing.
Investigation into Transit Hub fireproofing.
Christian Concert featuring "H-C Derksen and Fireproof ".
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:50:30 CDT The United Methodist Church in Gillespie is having a Christian Concert featuring "H-C Derksen and Fireproof ".
Fireproof it with 'asbestos deal'.
Q&A: ' Fireproof 's' Kirk Cameron.
" Fireproof ," last year's little indie movie that could, is now out on video.
Have you seen Fireproof , Facing the Giants, or Flywheel.
Making Marriage ' Fireproof '.
Fireproof Through the Night.
River Not Yet Clean, but It's Fireproof .
International Paint's Interchar 1120 acrylic intumescent fireproofing now available in Canada.
Let's put on our fireproof underwear and fight a dragon today.
While New York City has the most stringent rules in the country on the transportaton and delivery of gasoline and other flammable liquids, the perfect fireproof tank truck has yet to be built, fire officials said yesterday.
Place your grill on a flat, fireproof surface at least 10 feet from your house.
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