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 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 The fire occurred in an area of Maple Valley without hydrants, so a series of fire engines with high water capacity pumped water from their tanks into the main engine battling the flames, refilling at the closest hydrant. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Maple Valley home destroyed in early-morning fire," 21 Oct. 2018 There were more than 2,300 firefighters, 176 fire engines and 14 helicopters working to put out the flames. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: With Scott Pruitt gone, green groups now turn the spotlight on Ryan Zinke," 9 July 2018 Several fire engines, a rescue truck and ambulances responded to the emergency call. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Man falls in 10-foot-deep recess at White House complex," 15 June 2018 More than 14,200 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildland fires across the country, along with hundreds of fire engines and scores of helicopters and other aircraft, according to the center. Martin Finucane,, "Wildfires spread across West, including one so large it can be seen from space," 11 July 2018 The aircrane holds up to 2,650 gallons of water or fire suppressant — the equivalent of five fire engines. Rob Nikolewski,, "2,000 without power in the Alpine area as crews fight the West Fire," 6 July 2018 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

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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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