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 The very first fire engine was actually built by the fire chief, said Freeman. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Western Reserve Fire Museum features Westlake department through December," 6 Oct. 2020 Three fire department employees staffed the fire engine and the semitrailer had a single operator, police said. Amy Lavalley,, "2 treated at scene of crash with Chesterton fire truck," 24 Sep. 2020 One of the look book's stars, Isamaya Ffrench (who also oversaw makeup) channeled a 2020 Cyndi Lauper with fire engine red lipstick and her platinum blonde lengths crimped by hairstylist Lyndell Mansfield. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 5 Biggest Beauty Moments of London Fashion Week," 23 Sep. 2020 There were no injuries to the driver or passenger of the fire engine. Madeline Ackley, The Arizona Republic, "Man accused of committing extreme DUI after driving into back of fire truck," 13 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, the cut of a fire engine raises the specter of past Fire Department losses, including the closure of fire stations. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee to lose 120 police officer positions under Mayor Tom Barrett's 'sobering' 2021 proposed budget," 22 Sep. 2020 Dan Dundon and Tim McDevitt volunteered to stay put, hoping to use the fire engine and water resources to protect the resort. Jake Thomas, oregonlive, "Residents recount terrifying descent of wildfire into Santiam Canyon: ‘It was like hot lava'," 18 Sep. 2020 Maggie Cox said the man's black Chevy Tahoe collided into the back of a fire engine traveling east on Indian School Road. Madeline Ackley, The Arizona Republic, "Man accused of committing extreme DUI after driving into back of fire truck," 13 Sep. 2020 One person suggested that crews should have used the fire engine to knock the car out of the way. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "House fire shows why you should never park in front of a hydrant, Plano Fire-Rescue says," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

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“Fire engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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