pump·​er | \ ˈpəm-pər How to pronounce pumper (audio) \

Definition of pumper

: one that pumps especially : a fire truck equipped with a pump

Examples of pumper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Firms that own drilling rigs, manufacture oil-field tools and manage the fleets of pumper trucks that blast open shale wells are caught in the three-way battle for market share between Saudi Arabia, Russia and the North American oil industry. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Oil-Field-Service Stocks Are Getting Scrapped," 17 Mar. 2020 During its fall 2020 presentation, the Italian brand Brioni, not known for outfitting sleazy fist-pumpers, showed a classically cut leather button-up. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Can I Wear a Leather Shirt Without Looking Smarmy?," 29 Jan. 2020 The new fire apparatus, costing approximately $750,000, will serve as the department’s first-in-line pumper, moving their current first-line truck, a 2007 Pierce Pumper, to reserve status. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "West U Fire Department makes bid for new truck," 29 Jan. 2020 New similar vehicles to the combination of rescue and pumper of the Rosenbauer electric truck are $500,000 and up, with even years-old used versions going for $200,000. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This $1.1 Million All-Electric Fire Truck Is Wild," 23 Dec. 2019 Those may be next in line, after council on Dec. 2 also approved the purchase of a new Seagrave Marauder pumper truck for the fire department at a cost of $550,000 out of this year’s budget. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights adopts ‘tight but balanced’ $45.5 million budget for 2020," 3 Dec. 2019 Other substantial expenditures include the purchase of four replacement police department vehicles, a lease for a new pumper/ladder fire truck and a new backhoe. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Middleburg Heights 2020 operating budget targets capital improvements," 3 Dec. 2019 Its gym should satisfy iron-pumpers, rowers and yogis alike. Melanie D.g. Kaplan / Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Des Moines is on the move with an emerging food and cocktail scene," 20 Aug. 2019 Since yesterday, a steady stream of pumper trucks - 3,000 gallons and more - enter and leave the area, carrying water in a steady convoy. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Fire crews continue to battle Attalla industrial fire," 1 Oct. 2019

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1638, in the meaning defined above

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“Pumper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pumper. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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