smoke jumper


: a forest firefighter who parachutes to locations otherwise difficult to reach

Examples of smoke jumper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nine teams participating include mountain climbers, smoke jumpers, river guides, and recent divorcees, among others. Lauren Huff,, 8 Apr. 2024 The Fed’s 21st-century monetary policy is like the Forest Service’s 20th-century policy of sending in smoke jumpers at the first sign of trouble. Thomas Hoenig, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2023 Williams discovered that the head of the U.S. Forest Service had pitched Roosa, a former smoke jumper who fought forest fires, on the idea. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 31 Jan. 2022 Trees, according to Sarah Berns, who was a smoke jumper with the Forest Service out of Grangeville, Idaho, are among the scariest parts of smoke jumping. Kendra Pierre-Louis, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2021 There, a rugged smoke jumper might be hunched over a sewing machine, gently guiding layers of fabric beneath the staccato rhythm of a presser foot. Kendra Pierre-Louis, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2021 Angelina Jolie plays Hannah, a tough-but-tender Montana smoke jumper with a tragic past. Kyle Smith, National Review, 16 May 2021 Angelina Jolie is back in action movies as a Montana smoke jumper who comes across a 12-year-old boy on the run and in need of her help. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 14 May 2021 Owen is murdered by the assassins, and during his a frantic quest to survive, Connor crosses paths with a Montana smoke jumper, Hannah (Jolie), living in a fire tower. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 14 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smoke jumper was in 1927

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“Smoke jumper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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smoke jumper

: a forest firefighter who parachutes to locations otherwise difficult to reach
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