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 Aerialists will perform in a large hoop hung from the fire escape, Ms. Ferrarin said. Kate King, WSJ, "New York City Restaurants Limp Their Way Out of 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 For upstairs bedrooms, keep one fire escape ladder in each room. Alexa Tucker, Good Housekeeping, "5 Safety Measures Every Homeowner Should Take Right Now," 1 Dec. 2020 Jason Cortez, 42, was knocked off a third-floor fire escape Wednesday by an inadvertent water blast, the report said. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 restrictions may have played a role in San Francisco firefighter’s death," 12 Oct. 2020 Six feet apart at all times means someone’s going to end up out on the fire escape. Danielle Ofri, The New Yorker, "A Bellevue Doctor’s Pandemic Diary," 1 Oct. 2020 There’s a pair of sneakers on the fire escape and the window is cracked open, intimating that the dweller hops out on occasion to take advantage of the ad hoc balcony space. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Opening a window on the world," 19 Sep. 2020 The cheery patterns—tangerine terrazzo, peachy gingham, indigo triangles—instantly upgrade any alfresco situation, even if your picnic spot is just your fire escape. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "With These Bamboo Plates, the World Is My Picnic," 11 Sep. 2020 When my mother was living in Boston in the 80s, her TV set sat across from the window that opened onto her fire escape. Daisy Alioto, Longreads, "House of the Century," 10 Aug. 2020 Growing up in the South Bronx, Mr. Northern honed his ear for sound while sitting on the fire escape outside his family’s fifth-floor apartment. Bart Barnes,, "Robert Northern, who, as ‘Brother Ah,’ became a synthesizer of sounds, dies at 86," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of fire escape

1725, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fire escape was in 1725

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“Fire escape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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