fire·​boat | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbōt How to pronounce fireboat (audio) \

Definition of fireboat

: a ship equipped with firefighting apparatus

Examples of fireboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Chicago Fire Department dispatched a fireboat to help fight the flame and was pumping water from the river to subdue the fire. Javonte Anderson,, "Crews respond to large fire off Stevenson Expressway near Cicero Avenue," 5 Nov. 2020 The Baltimore was outfitted with a Worthington engine in 1875, giving it the ability to be an auxiliary fireboat and to discharge four streams of water 255 yards through an inch-and-a-half nozzle. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "The story behind Baltimore’s historic, city-owned tugboat that played many important roles in the city’s history," 10 Sep. 2020 Just then the San Francisco fireboat St. Francis came steaming to the rescue. Carl Nolte,, "Pier 45 blaze adds another close call to mighty Jeremiah O’Brien’s history," 30 May 2020 Other projects were in the works for later in the season, too, including a restaurant on a retired fireboat. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Outdoor Oysters and Beer? Still on Ice, With Summer Nowhere in Sight," 7 Apr. 2020 Since then, the fireboat has been restored to its original luster at the North River Shipyard in Nyack, N.Y. New York Times, "Nail Clippers, a Parking Meter and a River Barge: This Is N.Y.C.’s Yard Sale," 25 Dec. 2019 Last Christmas, after driving home from a Warriors game, Mr. Buford detoured to the waterfront, ostensibly to retrieve something for work from a fireboat. Louise Rafkin, New York Times, "A Fairy-Tale Ending in Its Own Time," 21 June 2019 The combined fire departments used a chain to tow the boat away from other vehicles and buildings, then used a fireboat to extinguish it, Hewlett said. Kellen Browning,, "4 injured in Lake Winnipesaukee boat explosion," 27 July 2019 Smooth Sailing The bridal party boarded a fireboat, the St. Francis, for a short cruise along the waterfront. Louise Rafkin, New York Times, "A Fairy-Tale Ending in Its Own Time," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of fireboat

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fireboat was in 1849

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8 Nov 2020

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“Fireboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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