fire escape

fire escape
noun Date: 1788 a device for escape from a burning building; especially a metal stairway attached to the outside of a building

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  • Fire escape — 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 escape — UK US noun [C] ► WORKPLACE a set of metal stairs, especially on the outside of a building, that allows people to escape if there is a fire: »After the fire, the building s owner installed a fire escape, with a ladder to the roof and another to… …   Financial and business terms

  • fire escape — fire escapes also fire escape N COUNT A fire escape is a metal staircase on the outside of a building, which can be used to escape from the building if there is a fire …   English dictionary

  • fire escape — n. 1. a fireproof stairway down an outside wall, to help people escape from a burning building 2. a ladder, chute, rope, etc. used for the same purpose …   English World dictionary

  • fire escape — ► NOUN ▪ a staircase or other apparatus used for escaping from a building where there is a fire …   English terms dictionary

  • fire escape — fire′ escape n. bui a metal stairway down an outside wall for escaping from a burning building • Etymology: 1670–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • Fire escape — A fire escape is a special kind of emergency exit, usually mounted to the outside of a building or occasionally inside but separate from the main areas of the building. It provides a method of escape in the event of a fire or other emergency that …   Wikipedia

  • fire escape — an apparatus or structure used to escape from a burning building, as a metal stairway down an outside wall. [1670 80] * * * Means of rapid egress from a building, primarily intended for use in case of fire. Building codes define an exit as an… …   Universalium

  • fire escape — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms fire escape : singular fire escape plural fire escapes a metal staircase on the outside wall of a building that people use to get out of the building when there is a fire inside …   English dictionary

  • fire escape — noun Fire escape is used before these nouns: ↑ladder …   Collocations dictionary

  • fire-escape — see fire escape …   English dictionary

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