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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fahyuh r-breyk]
    • /ˈfaɪərˌbreɪk/
    • /ˈfaɪə.breɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahyuh r-breyk]
    • /ˈfaɪərˌbreɪk/

Definitions of firebreak word

  • noun firebreak a strip of plowed or cleared land made to check the spread of a prairie or forest fire. 1
  • noun firebreak An obstacle to the spread of fire. 1
  • countable noun firebreak A firebreak is an area of open land in a wood or forest that has been created to stop a fire from spreading. 0
  • noun firebreak a strip of open land in a forest or on a prairie, to arrest the advance of a fire 0
  • noun firebreak a measure taken to arrest the advance of anything dangerous or harmful 0
  • noun firebreak a strip of land cleared or plowed to stop the spread of fire, as in a forest or prairie 0

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Origin of firebreak

First appearance:

before 1890
One of the 20% newest English words
First recorded in 1890-95; fire + break

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Parts of speech for Firebreak


firebreak popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 62% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

firebreak usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for firebreak

noun firebreak

  • clearing — A clearing is a small area in a forest where there are no trees or bushes.
  • opening — an open or clear space.
  • strip — to cut, tear, or form into strips.
  • break — When an object breaks or when you break it, it suddenly separates into two or more pieces, often because it has been hit or dropped.
  • barrier — A barrier is something such as a rule, law, or policy that makes it difficult or impossible for something to happen or be achieved.

Top questions with firebreak

  • what is a firebreak?
  • how does a firebreak work?

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