from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various large motor vehicles that carry firefighters and equipment to a fire and support extinguishing operations, as by pumping water. Also called fire truck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vehicle used by firefighters to pump water to fight a fire. Typically, a fire engine carries a supply of water and has the ability to connect to an external water supply.
  • n. Any fire apparatus, such as a fire truck or fire engine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a portable forcing pump, usually on wheels, for throwing water to extinguish fire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An early name for the steam-engine.
  • n. An engine designed to throw a continuous stream of water through a hose upon a conflagration, for the purpose of extinguishing it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various large trucks that carry firemen and equipment to the site of a fire


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  • As that old hen boiled merrily away on the hot plate and the kids were cuddled down asleep on their table-bed, we put toys under the branch—two cars, two trucks, a fire engine and a red and yellow train.

    CSS: Christmas Cheer

  • The fire engine had been invented by Newcomen early in the century; this was the model that pumped water out of the Kingswood mines and drove the water wheels in William Champion’s copper and brass works on the Avon adjacent to the coal.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Wasborough had come up with a system of pulleys and a fly wheel, Pickard had invented the crank, and together these three new concepts converted the reciprocal motion of a fire engine into circular motion.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Directly below us in the street the first fire engine had stopped, two firemen running with a hose toward a hydrant, another uncoupling the horses.

    Time and Again


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