Definitions

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

  • n. See fire engine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

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

Etymologies

fire + truck (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Bad Luck and Trouble

  • Tom grabbed two portable extinguishers from the fire truck and handed them to Hank Sterling and Bud.

    I, TOO, DREAM....

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