fire·​base | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbās How to pronounce firebase (audio) \

Definition of firebase

: a secured site from which field artillery can lay down interdicting fire

Examples of firebase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Assigned to the 82nd Airborne Jim's mortar squad operated from a firebase outside of Saigon., 27 Oct. 2019 Milt Freeman, and 50 of his men were killed or seriously wounded on a neighboring firebase. Robert H. Scales, Twin Cities, 16 June 2019 Their first stop was Landing Zone Gator, his old firebase. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2017 The small detachment of Marines deployed to Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province have pushed outside their original constellation of outposts and reopened an old firebase bordering several violent districts, Marines familiar with operations said. Thomas Gibbons-neff, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2017 Ron came to me and asked for permission to go to a distant firebase by jeep to say goodbye to some of his friends. Chase Wickersham, Orange County Register, 28 May 2017 The three were slain Saturday on a firebase in the Pekka Valley near Nangahar’s Achin district where U.S. forces have been battling Islamic State militants for months. Thomas Gibbons-neff, Washington Post, 12 June 2017 The software developer just makes sure the clients are referencing the same piece of data, and all the data transport happens automatically.’ Firebase doesn’t just move information from one client to another. Cade Metz, WIRED, 12 Apr. 2012

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First Known Use of firebase

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Firebase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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