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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

n.

1903, from fire (n.) + fighter.

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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)

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