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fire +‎ hose

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  • (file)

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fire hose (plural fire hoses)

  1. A hose designed to deliver water to douse a fire, usually much stronger and wider in diameter than a garden hose.
  2. (idiomatic) Any fast, heavy stream (e.g. of information).
    She felt she was standing in front of a fire hose of instructions, trying to absorb them all with a sponge.
  3. (computing) A feed of all updates to a website.
    • 2012, Rob Garner, Search and Social: The Definitive Guide to Real-Time Content Marketing, John Wiley & Sons →ISBN, page 286
      Links contained within feeds (RSS, fire hose, syndicated)
    • 2013, Marty Weintraub, Lauren Litwinka, The Complete Social Media Community Manager's Guide: Essential Tools and Tactics for Business Success, John Wiley & Sons →ISBN, page 172
      This is cool because, even though the YouTube firehose is on full blast, you only need an instance of the feed and from that firehose, you can filter out what you need for alerts for as many keywords as you like.
    • 2013, Murray Dick, Search: Theory and Practice in Journalism Online, Palgrave Macmillan →ISBN, page 85
      However, it is worth bearing in mind that even those services with access to the Twitter 'firehose' (direct API) do not have anything even approaching a complete Twitter archive.
    • 2013, Nigel Bradley, Marketing Research: Tools and Techniques, Oxford University Press →ISBN
      Here we will briefly consider web crawlers, webscraping software, data feeds (RSS and other feeds, firehoses etc), human cutting and pasting, panels, MROCs, Netnography, and text analytics.
  4. (idiomatic, colloquial) A human penis.
  5. An fast-flowing unsupported flow of lava escaping from a solid rockface.

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