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

Definition of fireboat

: a ship equipped with firefighting apparatus

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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 On the bow of the Phoenix, a fireboat put into service in 1955, the year the first African-American firefighter was hired in San Francisco, Mr. Buford surprised Ms. Mathis with an engagement ring previously belonging to Ms. Mathis’s mother. Louise Rafkin, New York Times, "A Fairy-Tale Ending in Its Own Time," 21 June 2019 Auerbach’s version is a wonder in the fireboat colors of red and white, filtered through her abstract and optical eye, combining painting with the laws of science into marbled swirls, liquid patterns, and blocks of color. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "There’s Plenty of Great Art to See (and Instagram) Outdoors in New York This Summer," 29 June 2018 The fireboat temporarily was called out of retirement on Sept. 11, 2001, and has since functioned as a museum and education center. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Newly ‘Dazzled’ Fireboat Brings World War I History to New York Waterways," 27 June 2018 The Port of New Orleans came to assist with their fireboat, Kelly. Marie Simoneaux,, "Tugboat catches fire in Mississippi River near Poland Avenue Wharf," 7 May 2018 As the vessels came into the bay, water-spraying fireboats of the city and the Navy circled them., "Thousands cheer Marines returning from Korea," 18 Mar. 2018 The fireboat helped crews this week extinguish a fire at a marina in Southwest Washington. Washington Post, "Slippery roads and sidewalks make for treacherous treks after freezing rain," 9 Jan. 2018 The Harbor Police department sent three fireboats that begin drenching the exterior of the ship with water. Pauline Repard,, "Fishing vessel catches fire near Seaport Village," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of fireboat

1849, in the meaning defined above

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