firefighter

or fire fight·er

[fahyuh r-fahy-ter]

Origin of firefighter

First recorded in 1900–05; fire + fighter
Related formsfire·fight·ing, noun, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of firefighting

  • But it hadn't rained in seven months, and the country's firefighting budget had been downscaled over several decades.

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    Israel's Inferno

    Fania Oz-Salzberger

    December 5, 2010

Historical Examples of firefighting


British Dictionary definitions for firefighting

firefighting

noun
    1. the occupation of attempting to control and extinguish fires
    2. (as modifier)firefighting equipment
  1. the practice of reacting to urgent problems as they arise, as opposed to planning for the future

firefighter

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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