fire engine


Definition of fire engine 

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

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The official says nine fire engines were trying to douse the flames leaping from the top floor of the building. Fox News, "Fire breaks out in skyscraper in Mumbai in India," 13 June 2018 The village's front line fire engine, meanwhile, was a 1998/1999 model, and its backup, a 1988, had been acquired through a trade. Staff Report,, "River Grove to use funds from tax increase to help refurbish village's aging vehicle stock," 21 Mar. 2018 An ambulance and fire engine pulled up, sirens bawling. Anchorage Daily News, "An endless loop: Homeless, alcoholic and dependent on Anchorage’s fraying and expensive safety net," 20 Jan. 2016 The new fire apparatus named in his honor replaces a 2008 fire engine. Jerry Fallstrom,, "New Clermont firetruck to be dedicated to firefighter who died at 32 in 2016," 9 July 2018 Davis then struck two vehicles participating in the parade, one of them a fire engine owned by the Talcott Volunteer Fire Department, police said. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Drunk driver rams parade of beauty queens, church floats and politicians, WV cops say," 5 July 2018 The fun is more wholesome upstairs, where an open-plan kitchen, composed of water-resistant MDF panels, opens up to a combined living and dining room where new structural steel is a vibrant, fire engine red. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "A Ghent pub and soccer-fan hangout becomes a dream home," 18 June 2018 Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker shared video from the terminal showing passengers sliding onto the tarmac from the United plane, which was surrounded by three fire engines and two ambulances. Washington Post, "Lyft driver stabbed by passenger after dispute," 2 July 2018 Police boats and a Coast Guard cutter bobbed just offshore, and fire engines stood poised among the flood of a hundred reporters at the end of the driveway, adding to the excitement. Robert F. Kennedy, Town & Country, "Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Describes What It's Really Like Inside the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of fire engine

1626, in the meaning defined above

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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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