fire engine

fire engine
noun Date: circa 1680 a usually mobile apparatus for directing an extinguishing agent upon fires; especially fire truck

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Fire engine — 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 engine — fire engines N COUNT A fire engine is a large vehicle which carries fire fighters and equipment for putting out fires. [BRIT] (in AM, usually use fire truck) …   English dictionary

  • fire engine — fire .engine n a special large vehicle that carries equipment and the people that stop fires burning, especially the equipment that shoots water at a fire American Equivalent: fire truck …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fire engine — fire ,engine noun count a large road vehicle that FIREFIGHTERS use for driving to a fire and carrying the equipment they need …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fire engine — n. 1. a motor truck with a special pumping apparatus for spraying water, chemicals, etc. on fires to put them out 2. loosely any motor truck for carrying firemen and equipment to a fire …   English World dictionary

  • fire engine — ► NOUN ▪ a vehicle carrying firefighters and their equipment …   English terms dictionary

  • fire engine — noun any of various large trucks that carry firemen and equipment to the site of a fire • Syn: ↑fire truck • Hypernyms: ↑truck, ↑motortruck • Hyponyms: ↑ladder truck, ↑aerial ladder truck * * * noun, pl …   Useful english dictionary

  • fire engine — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms fire engine : singular fire engine plural fire engines a large road vehicle that firefighters use for driving to a fire and carrying the equipment they need …   English dictionary

  • fire-engine — adj. Fire engine is used with these nouns: ↑red …   Collocations dictionary

  • fire engine — fire′ en gine n. trs a vehicle equipped for firefighting • Etymology: 1670–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • 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. [1670 80] * * * also called  Fire Truck,    mobile (nowadays self… …   Universalium

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