Definition of firebreak in English:

firebreak

noun

  • An obstacle to the spread of fire, such as a strip of open space in a forest:

    ‘we passed into a conifer forest and followed firebreaks downhill’
    ‘a fire-resistant door designed to be a firebreak’
    • ‘Large firebreaks are being cut into the Park destroying habitat important to endangered and threatened species.’
    • ‘Firefighters are now using bulldozers to build massive firebreaks around threatened mountain resorts.’
    • ‘Something tells me they'd bulldoze a damn big firebreak at one of the passes before letting the thing get down here.’
    • ‘Crews worked on a firebreak in a nearby canyon to try to cut off an eastward route for the fire.’
    • ‘If the tree canopy goes on fire, go to the far side of a firebreak (man-made or natural such as a river) and try to prevent sparks starting a fire in your area.’
    • ‘The only option for the section was to create a firebreak around the equipment and wait until the fire passed.’
    • ‘Tinkering in his blacksmith shop, he created a tool that's half ax, half mattock, and ideal for digging firebreaks.’
    • ‘‘About 150 firefighters are working 12-hour shifts and are in the process of beating, making firebreaks and dousing the flames with hoses,’ Gous said.’
    • ‘These builders had a contractual duty to build this wall so as to act as a firebreak.’
    • ‘Ian, the sanctuary manager, has been busy on the grader putting the finishing touches to a firebreak.’
    • ‘Instead of going it alone, we Australians should put the firebreak behind us and co-operate with other countries seeking international solutions to these problems.’
    • ‘These include preparation of firebreaks, maintenance of fire-fighting equipment, and liaison with neighbours and a fire protection officer in the area when a fire breaks out.’
    • ‘But a driving east wind fanned the flames across firebreaks, and, despite the efforts of ward and parish officials and the lord mayor, they soon became uncontrollable.’
    • ‘No one yet has identified how big the firebreak would have to be, but it could easily encompass not only portions of Michigan but areas of Ohio and Indiana.’
    • ‘Allowing people whose properties back on to the forest to keep their lawns watered would create a natural firebreak, said Calder.’
    • ‘Although the main purpose of these roads is to provide all-weather access, they can also serve as effective firebreaks if vegetation is kept to a minimum or eliminated.’
    • ‘The imposing stone structure served as a firebreak during the 1948 fire and the neighbouring presbytery, built of timber was saved from the flames.’
    • ‘As a consequence, the fire regime has been influenced by an increase in ignition sources, by changes in the fuel load, and by the creation of firebreaks.’
    • ‘Even the channel proved inadequate as a firebreak, as strong winds carried burning debris over two kilometres to Bruny Island to start fresh fires.’
    • ‘They opened firebreaks in lower areas, around 1,600m above sea level, to prevent the fire from spreading down the mountain.’

Pronunciation:

firebreak

/ˈfʌɪəbreɪk/