[fahyuh r-muh n]
- a person employed to extinguish or prevent fires; firefighter.
- a person employed to tend fires; stoker.
- a person employed to fire and lubricate a steam locomotive.
- a person employed to assist the engineer of a diesel or electric locomotive.
- U.S. Navy. an enlisted person assigned to the care and operation of a ship's machinery.
- British Mining. fire boss.
- Baseball. relief pitcher.
Origin of fireman
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Examples from the Web for fireman
My cousin Al is a Navy veteran, a former EMT, and now a fireman in New York City.The Marine and His Cousin the Firefighter
Maurice Emerson Decaul
September 11, 2013
He wanted to go into the Army and then be a police officer and then be a fireman.Curse the Media in Newtown for Doing Too Little, Too Late on Guns
December 20, 2012
In this frightening raw video, fireman and bystanders run as the South Tower collapses.9/11: What We Saw
September 4, 2011
One of my cousins is now a New York City fireman as well, and the fact that we got bin Laden is fantastic.Rex Ryan: The NFL's Most Outspoken Coach
May 14, 2011
The fireman who runs into the burning building to rescue someone has a choice of whether to do so or not.A Man More Heroic Than Sully
March 5, 2009
No, a fireman's not so oily and is more cindery—then we'll know one by his cap.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
And between whiles I had to look after the savage who was fireman.Heart of Darkness
"Give me your name and address," he said, faintly, to the fireman.Jolly Sally Pendleton
Laura Jean Libbey
So he dismissed the affair, and devoted his whole attention to learning to be a fireman.
As for the fireman he had flung himself flat on the floor of the cab.
- a man who fights fires, usually a public employee or trained volunteerGender-neutral form: firefighter
- (on steam locomotives) the man who stokes the fire and controls the injectors feeding water to the boiler
- (on diesel and electric locomotives) the driver's assistant
- a man who tends furnaces; stoker
- Also called: deputy a mine official responsible for safety precautionsUS equivalent: fire boss
- US navy a junior rating who works on marine engineering equipment
- informal any employee who is dispatched to deal with trouble at short notice
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Word Origin and History for fireman
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