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firefighter

or fire fighter

[fahyuh r-fahy-ter] /ˈfaɪərˌfaɪ tɛr/
noun
1.
a person who fights destructive fires.
Origin of firefighter
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05; fire + fighter
Related forms
firefighting, noun, adjective
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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

firefighter

/ˈfaɪəˌfaɪtə/
noun
1.
a person who fights fires, usually a public employee or trained volunteer
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Word Origin and History for firefighting

firefighter

n.

1903, from fire (n.) + fighter.

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