fire drill


: a practice drill in extinguishing fires or in the conduct and manner of exit in case of fire

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In terms of approach, this week has been a fire drill every morning. Emmett Lindner, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2022 Taiwan’s military staged a live-fire drill meant to simulate attacks by China's People's Liberation Army—a vivid—(and loud) illustration of the stakes at play as Chinese leader Xi Jinping takes his third term. Joyu Wang, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2022 Taiwanese soldiers carry artillery to tanks during a two-day, live-fire drill, amid intensifying military threats from China, in Pingtung county, Taiwan, Sept. 7, 2022. Time, 19 Sep. 2022 Practice a two-minute fire drill from your home to a safe meeting place at least twice a year. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Aug. 2022 In October, dozens of rats were seen scurrying across the warehouse floor during a fire drill. Arkansas Online, 24 July 2022 Six were killed on the third floor, where many were leaving their classrooms mistakenly thinking that a fire drill was underway after smoke from the gunfire set off the alarm. New York Times, 18 July 2022 Elementary schools are required to conduct a fire drill within the first 10 days of the start a new academic year, and then hold one every month after. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 May 2022 In June of 2000, the Connecticut General Assembly updated the state’s school drill laws to mandate that every three months schools perform a crisis response drill in lieu of a monthly fire drill. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 13 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fire drill was in 1861

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“Fire drill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

fire drill

: a practice drill in putting out fires or in getting out of a building in case of fire

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