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firefighter

[fahyuh r-fahy-ter] /ˈfaɪərˌfaɪ tɛr/
noun
1.
a person who fights destructive fires.
Also, fire fighter.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; fire + fighter
Related forms
firefighting, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for firefighting

firefighter

/ˈfaɪəˌfaɪtə/
noun
1.
a person who fights fires, usually a public employee or trained volunteer

firefighting

/ˈfaɪəˌfaɪtɪŋ/
noun
1.
  1. the occupation of attempting to control and extinguish fires
  2. (as modifier) firefighting equipment
2.
the practice of reacting to urgent problems as they arise, as opposed to planning for the future
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Word Origin and History for firefighting
firefighter
1903, from fire (n.) + fighter.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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firefighting in Technology


1. What sysadmins have to do to correct sudden operational problems. An opposite of hacking. "Been hacking your new newsreader?" "No, a power glitch hosed the network and I spent the whole afternoon fighting fires."
2. The act of throwing lots of manpower and late nights at a project, especially to get it out before deadline. See also gang bang, Mongolian Hordes technique; however, the term "firefighting" connotes that the effort is going into chasing bugs rather than adding features.
(1994-12-01)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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