fire·​boat ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbōt How to pronounce fireboat (audio)
: a ship equipped with firefighting apparatus

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Norwich had ladder pipes, deck guns, hand lines and a fireboat working on the fire. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 28 Nov. 2022 Robert Carrizales, left, looks on as Cheryl Carrizales takes a photo on Aug. 22, 2022, on the Fred A. Busse, a former Chicago fireboat, on an afternoon tour of the lakefront and Chicago River. Chicago Tribune, 24 Aug. 2022 But there’s much more here, including live music, pop-up drinks and Santa arriving by fireboat. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2020 The fireboat will be in town as part of the National Fire Protection Association’s 125th anniversary. Globe Staff,, 3 June 2022 In another apparent nautical mishap in the same area of the bay, an Anne Arundel County fireboat sank Monday afternoon. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 An Anne Arundel County fireboat that sank off the coast of Gibson Island last week and stranded four crew members has been located and pulled out of the water, officials said Sunday. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 4 Apr. 2022 The fireboat took the driver downriver to the Columbia Island Marina, said Vito Maggiolo, a D.C. fire department spokesman. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 Detroit's newest fireboat and a Spirit of Detroit award was named in his honor. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 9 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fireboat was in 1849

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“Fireboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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fire·​boat -ˌbōt How to pronounce fireboat (audio)
: a boat equipped for fighting fires

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