American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See fire engine.
- n. firefighting A ladder truck, a vehicle used by firefighters to gain access to the upper stories of a building. Typically, a fire truck has a hydraulic system which operates a large, heavy-duty ladder mounted on top of the truck body, space for portable ladders to be stored and compartments for holding other tools that may be needed. Unlike a fire engine, trucks do not have pumps or carry water.
- n. Any fire apparatus, such as a fire truck or fire engine.
- n. any of various large trucks that carry firemen and equipment to the site of a fire
- fire + truck (Wiktionary)
“It had rolled back into place with a loud shrieking sound after the last fire truck was through and then it had slammed shut with an impact that had sent a shudder through the roll of concertina wire welded to its top rail.”
“Tom grabbed two portable extinguishers from the fire truck and handed them to Hank Sterling and Bud.”
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