noun Date: 1841 a barrier of cleared or plowed land intended to check a forest or grass fire

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  • firebreak — n. a narrow field that has been cleared to check the spread of a prairie fire or forest fire. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • firebreak — ► NOUN ▪ an obstacle to the spread of fire, e.g. a strip of open space in a forest …   English terms dictionary

  • firebreak — [fīr′brāk΄] n. a strip of land cleared or plowed to stop the spread of fire, as in a forest or prairie …   English World dictionary

  • Firebreak — A firebreak (also called a fireroad, fire line or fuel break) is a gap in vegetation or other combustible material that acts as a barrier to slow or stop the progress of a wildfire. A firebreak may occur naturally where there is a lack of… …   Wikipedia

  • firebreak — UK [ˈfaɪə(r)ˌbreɪk] / US [ˈfaɪrˌbreɪk] noun [countable] Word forms firebreak : singular firebreak plural firebreaks a narrow area of land from which all the trees and bushes have been removed in order to prevent fires from spreading from one part …   English dictionary

  • firebreak — noun An area cleared of all flammable material to prevent a fire from spreading across it. The firefighters used a bulldozer to clear a firebreak in the forest to try to contain the forest fire …   Wiktionary

  • firebreak — [[t]fa͟ɪ͟ə(r)breɪk[/t]] firebreaks also fire break N COUNT A firebreak is an area of open land in a wood or forest that has been created to stop a fire from spreading …   English dictionary

  • firebreak — miško priešgaisrinė juosta statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Miško žemės ruožas, skirtas miško gaisrams lokalizuoti. Skiriami priešgaisriniai barjerai, priešgaisrinės linijos ir mineralizuotos juostos. atitikmenys: angl.… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • firebreak — /fuyeur brayk /, n. a strip of plowed or cleared land made to check the spread of a prairie or forest fire. [1890 95; FIRE + BREAK] * * * …   Universalium

  • firebreak — fire|break [ˈfaıəbreık US ˈfaır ] n a narrow piece of land where all the plants and trees have been removed, made to prevent fires from spreading …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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