- a practice drill for a company of firefighters, the crew of a ship, etc., to train them in their duties in case of fire.
- a drill for pupils in a school, employees in a factory, etc., to train them in the manner of exit to be followed in case of fire.
Origin of fire drill
First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for fire drill
An exercise to which the greatest attention was given was the "fire-drill."The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
With the fur packs we had lost also our fire-drill and socket piece.With the Indians in the Rockies
James Willard Schultz
I think I will be able to get a model of the fire-drill made in a while.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2
Once every three months there is a fire-drill with the inside line of mains.An Unsinkable Titanic
John Bernard Walker
I hadn't been schooling him in the fire-drill for fifteen years in vain.The Deluge
David Graham Phillips
- a rehearsal of duties or escape procedures to be followed in case of fire
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