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 County Fire sparked about 2:12 p.m. Saturday and has exploded in magnitude, with more than 100 fire engines and a dozen helicopters responding. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "County Fire in Yolo continues furious growth, now 16,500 acres with evacuations ordered," 1 July 2018 When the first fire engine arrived, there was smoke showing from the attic. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Boise Fire responds to more fires on the Fourth of July this year than last," 5 July 2018 Case in point: perennially chic actress Tilda Swinton arrived fresh faced to the screening of At Eternity’s Gate with her signature slick bob and a fire engine-red pout to match that directional leopard-print ensemble. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson, Emma Stone and More of The Venice Film Festival's Best Beauty Looks," 10 Sep. 2018 The Hardest Part of Some Nights The fire engine siren raided the air of my mother's dreams. Hartford Courant,, "The Poems Of Aaron Caycedo-Kimura: Honoring Ones Parents," 13 June 2018 The money from the sale is intended for infrastructure needs like parks, fire engines and transit improvements. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Detroit Sees Big Demand in Muni Market Return," 4 Dec. 2018 In 2016, the department dedicated a new fire engine to firefighter Keith Bernoir and a new aerial truck to Assistant Fire Chief April Hoover. Jerry Fallstrom,, "New Clermont firetruck to be dedicated to firefighter who died at 32 in 2016," 9 July 2018 The coffin was carried back to the fire engine, and up and down the avenue, firefighters in dress blues kept vigil until the rig drove slowly away. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "Firefighter Killed in Harlem Blaze Praised as a ‘Hero of the Highest Order’," 27 Mar. 2018 But these claims make no sense to anyone working in the state—or anyone who knows that forest fires aren’t put out by hose-carrying fire engines. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018

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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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