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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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  • The pipe at the end of the hose is like the pipe of a fire-engine hose, though usually larger.

  • There was a fire-engine, but it was nearly half a mile from the lakeside settlement.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • I have now water for the kitchen, the stables, and everywhere, and next year I shall present myself with a fire-engine.

  • Then he would be sure to need his fire-engine and the roller skates.

    Sunny Boy in the Country Ramy Allison White
  • Both Riley and his horse are as well drilled to emergencies as are the men and steeds of a fire-engine.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • The fire-engine raved and jangled in Clerkenwell Road, but there was no way for it.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
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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