- a person employed to fire and lubricate a steam locomotive.
- a person employed to assist the engineer of a diesel or electric locomotive.
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How to use fireman in a sentence
The cheers that went up when a fireman was taken from a window, placed on a gurney and rolled away.
A fireman came in on a stretcher, an older man, wearing the uniform of a unit from Jersey City across the river.
He didn’t have typical kid dreams—of growing up to become a fireman, doctor, or movie star.He Robbed a Taco Joint With a Toy Water Gun for $264. He Got Life in Prison.|Kate Briquelet|May 31, 2021|The Daily Beast
Eventually, he leaves the dog in the care of another fireman and we go back, discussing the fire and the dog.Eight Year Old Rides to a Blaze With His Firefighter Grandfather|Michael Daly|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fact, he would survive it, working as a volunteer fireman in London during the blitz.
The backup-man stops stroller traffic on the sidewalk, another fireman is road guard.With the Fireman of Brooklyn’s Company 224 as They Observe the Fallen|Maurice Emerson Decaul|September 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
My cousin Al is a Navy veteran, a former EMT, and now a fireman in New York City.
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|Michael Daly|December 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The engineer and fireman stood leaning out over the closed lower half of the engine-room door.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants|H. Irving Hancock
Again the fireman reflected, for there was nothing hasty about this excellent creature.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI|Robert Louis Stevenson
Under Mr. Van Britt's directions the engineer and fireman of the pilot engine brought tools and the break was repaired.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
The fireman—'e's a real 'andsome man—I can tike to that sort myself.Sue, A Little Heroine|L. T. Meade
But the driver and fireman were beyond the range of their skill.The Story of the Cambrian|C. P. Gasquoine
British Dictionary definitions for fireman
- (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