fire escape


Definition of fire escape

: a device for escape from a burning building especially : a metal stairway attached to the outside of a building

Examples of fire escape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even the remade fire escape stairway on the store’s south end is artistic. Blair Kamin,, "Column: The world’s largest Starbucks, opening Friday in Chicago, is one of the finest flagships on the Mag Mile," 7 Nov. 2019 MySafe: California – Delivers fire safety education to communities and schools, from how to protect your home to how to prepare a fire escape plan. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's How You Can Help People Affected by California's Wildfires," 1 Nov. 2019 San Antonio police said first responders arrived at the church at 230 E.Travis St. around 1 a.m. Friday after a portion of the roof and a fire escape had fallen. Taylor Pettaway,, "Church looking to move forward after roof collapse," 25 Oct. 2019 After the game, Grange left the Illini’s hotel by the fire escape, boarded a train to Chicago and officially joined the Bears. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 20, Red Grange," 17 Aug. 2019 His high-fashion shoots would often take place on fire escapes or street corners, with cameras, lights and cords on display. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Peter Lindbergh, Photographer Who Captured Rise of the Supermodel, Dies at 74," 4 Sep. 2019 Stanley Forman’s 1975 photograph of 19-year-old Diana Bryant and her 2-year-old goddaughter Tiare Jones falling from a broken fire escape during a fire in Boston that prompted officials in Massachusetts to pass new laws on fire-safety. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "In news, when words fail, graphic and shocking photos often don't," 2 July 2019 The doors in the master closet are so glossy that the fire escape is reflected on them. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "Darren Star’s New York Loft is Not What You Would Expect from the Sex and the City Creator," 16 Apr. 2019 Furthermore, Fischer pointed to a tragedy in a Harlem public housing building last month, in which four young children and two adults perished after a fire broke out and family members could not make their way to the fire escapes or hallways. Fox News, "'Billionaires' Row' New Yorkers continue fight against homeless shelter, accusing Mayor de Blasio of luring vulnerable into 'firetrap'," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of fire escape

1725, in the meaning defined above

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8 Dec 2019

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“Fire escape.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of fire escape

: a stairway or ladder that can be used to escape from a burning building

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Kids Definition of fire escape

: a stairway that provides a way of escape from a building in case of fire

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