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fire engine

a vehicle equipped for firefighting, now usually a motor truck having a motor-driven pump for shooting water or chemical solutions at high pressure.
Also called fire truck.
Origin of fire engine
1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fire engine
  • On the other side of the sarcophagus, a large bronze tablet depicts three frenzied horses pulling a fire engine.
  • As if the speaker had the same cruise-through rights as a fire engine or ambulance.
  • The rioters ripped up the garden of a home in their search for brickbats and commandeered a fire engine and a bulldozer.
  • He has worked a tractor-trailer driver and mechanic, a rigger at a fire engine factory, as well as a race-car driver and builder.
  • Inside are an antique fire engine and an interesting exhibit about the desegregation of the fire department.
  • The response of the closest fire engine in an emergency brings trained firefighters to your home or place of business in minutes.
  • Drives the fire engine to wildland fire locations and positions it accordingly.
  • In the meantime, a safety investigation is looking into replacing the other tires on the fire engine.
British Dictionary definitions for fire engine

fire engine

a heavy road vehicle that carries firefighters and firefighting equipment to a fire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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