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.

Origin of fire engine

First recorded in 1670–80
Also called fire truck. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fire engine

Contemporary Examples of fire engine

Historical Examples of fire engine

  • The first fire-engine used in Brooklyn, New York, is here shown.

  • But the Emperor, the fire-engine whom you said would quench any conflagration?


    E. F. Benson

  • I directed the engineer to rig the fire-engine, and we soon drowned the decks with water.

    Up the River

    Oliver Optic

  • There was a fire-engine, but it was nearly half a mile from the lakeside settlement.

    A Mortal Antipathy

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Then he would be sure to need his fire-engine and the roller skates.

    Sunny Boy in the Country

    Ramy Allison White

British Dictionary definitions for fire engine

fire engine


a heavy road vehicle that carries firefighters and firefighting equipment to a fire
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