Meaning of “fire engine” in the English Dictionary


"fire engine" in English

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fire enginenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaɪər ˌen.dʒɪn/ us /ˈfaɪr ˌen.dʒɪn/ US also fire truck

Examples from literature

  • All the buildings, from the dwelling-house to the corn stores and the shed for the fire engine were solidly built, had iron roofs, and were painted at the right time. 
  • And before he could speak, with a clang and a whistle and a toot and a great deal of noise and excitement, up came the fire engines to put the fire out. 
  • Down the street came the fire engines. 
  • From the rear of the hotel came the crackling of flames and down in the street the fire engines were pounding away, sending their streams of water into the structure. 
  • Then the coming of the fire engines, and the approach of a police automobile diverted the attention of the on-lookers. 

(Definition of “fire engine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fire engine" in American English

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fire enginenoun [ C ]

/ˈfɑɪər ˌen·dʒən/

(Definition of “fire engine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)