fire engine


Definition of fire engine

: a usually mobile apparatus for directing an extinguishing agent upon fires especially : fire truck

Examples of fire engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Firefighters work in teams, called companies, and are assigned to specific equipment, like a fire engine or ambulance, Schrage said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2021 The dial of the chronograph watch boasts a fire-engine cockpit design that takes its inspiration from the dashboard gauges of a fire engine. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 After a passerby reported a three-car accident near Gilmour Academy around 8:45 a.m. on May 24, a rescue squad was dispatched for a female with a leg injury, as well as a fire engine for a smoking engine and a vehicle resting against a pole. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 5 June 2021 In 2003, the Cedar Fire burned through much of the camp’s surrounding hills, but its structures were saved by two fire engine companies who used the camp as their firefighting staging area. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 Also on display is the history of the city of Plantation along with the fire department’s history and the city’s first fire engine. Nick Sortal,, 22 July 2021 While the victim was not immediately identified, the representative said the first responder was an assistant fire engine operator with the Lassen National Forest and had died on Saturday. Fox News, 5 Sep. 2021 Marcus Pacheco, an assistant fire engine operator for Lassen National Forest with 30 years of experience, died on Thursday. NBC News, 5 Sep. 2021 Flower colors range from deep wine to fire engine red, pink, and lavender. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 14 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of fire engine

1626, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fire engine was in 1626

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20 Oct 2021

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“Fire engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fire engine

: a truck that has equipment for putting out fires

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Kids Definition of fire engine

: a truck equipped to fight fires

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