fire drill
noun Date: circa 1890 a practice drill in extinguishing fires or in the conduct and manner of exit in case of fire

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Fire drill — Fire Fire (f[imac]r), n. [OE. fir, fyr, fur AS. f[=y]r; akin to D. vuur, OS. & OHG. fiur, G. feuer, Icel. f[=y]ri, f[=u]rr, Gr. py^r, and perh. to L. purus pure, E. pure Cf. {Empyrean}, {Pyre}.] 1. The evolution of light and heat in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fire drill — ☆ fire drill n. a drill in which buildings are vacated, fire stations manned, etc. in a quick, orderly way to teach proper procedures in case of fire …   English World dictionary

  • fire drill — fire′ drill n. a practice drill of duties and procedures to be followed in case of fire • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • fire drill — UK US noun [C] (UK also fire practice) ► WORKPLACE a situation in which people practise what they must do in order to leave a building safely if there is a fire: »Inspectors found shortcomings in fire drills and the testing of alarms and… …   Financial and business terms

  • fire drill — fire drills N VAR When there is a fire drill in a particular building, the people who work or live there practise what to do if there is a fire …   English dictionary

  • fire drill — n [U and C] an occasion when people pretend that a building is burning and practise leaving it, so that they learn what to do if there is a real fire …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fire drill — fire ,drill noun count an occasion when all the people in a building pretend there is a fire inside and practice getting out safely …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fire drill — ► NOUN ▪ a practice of the emergency procedures to be used in case of fire …   English terms dictionary

  • fire drill — noun an exercise intended to train people in duties and escape procedures to be followed in case of fire • Hypernyms: ↑exercise, ↑practice, ↑drill, ↑practice session, ↑recitation * * * noun 1. : a primitive device for kindling fire consisting of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fire drill — A fire drill is a method of practicing the evacuation of a building for a fire or other emergency. Generally, the emergency system (usually an alarm) is activated and the building is evacuated as though a real fire had occurred. Usually, the time …   Wikipedia

  • fire drill — noun a) An organised practice to prepare occupants of an office, school or other public building for evacuation in the event of a fire. Since they changed the standards again, our previous efforts now just amount to a fire drill. b) any pointless …   Wiktionary

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