Meaning of firebreak in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfʌɪəbreɪk/

Translate firebreak into Spanish


  • 1An 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’
    • ‘The imposing stone structure served as a firebreak during the 1948 fire and the neighbouring presbytery, built of timber was saved from the flames.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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 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.’
    • ‘Large firebreaks are being cut into the Park destroying habitat important to endangered and threatened species.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even the channel proved inadequate as a firebreak, as strong winds carried burning debris over two kilometres to Bruny Island to start fresh fires.’
    • ‘Ian, the sanctuary manager, has been busy on the grader putting the finishing touches to a firebreak.’
    • ‘Crews worked on a firebreak in a nearby canyon to try to cut off an eastward route for the fire.’
    • ‘These builders had a contractual duty to build this wall so as to act as a firebreak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Firefighters are now using bulldozers to build massive firebreaks around threatened mountain resorts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Something tells me they'd bulldoze a damn big firebreak at one of the passes before letting the thing get down here.’
    • ‘Tinkering in his blacksmith shop, he created a tool that's half ax, half mattock, and ideal for digging firebreaks.’
    • ‘They opened firebreaks in lower areas, around 1,600m above sea level, to prevent the fire from spreading down the mountain.’
    1. 1.1British A short period in which travel, business, and human contact are restricted in order to prevent the spread of an infectious disease.
      ‘despite the firebreak, the numbers of coronavirus cases in Wales remain high’
      • ‘as part of the firebreak lockdown, all non-essential shops will have to close’