[ fahyuhr-beys ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌbeɪs /
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an artillery base, especially one set up quickly to support advancing troops or to forestall enemy advances.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Words nearby firebase
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When we finally got back to our firebase it was late on the third night.A Man to Believe In: Eulogy for Marine Master Sergeant Aaron Torian|Elliot Ackerman|March 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for firebase
/ (ˈfaɪəˌbeɪs) /
an artillery base supporting advancing troops
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