• Latta Steam Fire-Engine
    Latta Steam Fire-Engine
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fire-engine an engine or forcing-pump used to extinguish fires with water
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Silsby Rotary Steam Fire-Engine Silsby Rotary Steam Fire-Engine


  • Edmund Burke
    “Whenever our neighbor's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
    “Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.


In literature:

Hand Fire Engines, Lift and Force Pumps for fire and all other purposes.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
This was the second city wherein I assisted in the beginning of a fund for a fire engine.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
And maybe we'll have to tell 'em there is a fire, so they can telephone for the engines.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on Grandpa's Farm" by Laura Lee Hope
Outside the boys could hear excited shouts and the puffing and whistling of fire engines.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
A fire engine and horses were quartered under the central tower.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
I'm on three months' leave, and for reasons of my own want to learn how to fire an engine.
"To The Front" by Charles King
The art of arts in engine-driving is the management of the fire.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
The fire-engines 'ull be on in a minute; we'll be saved, in course.
"Sue, A Little Heroine" by L. T. Meade
A hot fire was burning under the engine to make steam, and Bunny and Sue looked at it in wonder.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home" by Laura Lee Hope
The engines were running in the direction of their hotel and very likely it was on fire and they would lose all their clothing.
"The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair" by Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
We instantly put our engine to full speed, and in a moment its wheels were striking fire from the rails in their rapid revolutions.
"Daring and Suffering:" by William Pittenger
Soon after I had to take the Dock Company's fire-engine on board our packet, as they could not find enough water on shore.
"The Hero of the Humber" by Henry Woodcock
Puffing and blowing like four steam-fire-engines, we sat down on some stones and wiped our faces.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
Suddenly there was a clang-clang of gongs, and all traffic drew to one side to allow the passage of a flying motor fire-engine.
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
Mr Dashwood, get the fire-engine rigged and under weigh.
"The Pirate Island" by Harry Collingwood
Vallington went to the engine-room, and directed the boys below to start up the fires.
"Breaking Away" by Oliver Optic
The engine fires were probably already out below.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
The engineer, however, had time to set fire to it before he retired.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
All the engines in creation couldn't stop that fire.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 12, No. 32, November, 1873" by Various
The cowboys dashed alongside the engine, firing shots in the air.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn

In poetry:

Yet does it many duties teach,
Which legal light could never reach:
Thus faith, repentance, and the like,
Are fire that gospel-engines strike.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Mark first the robe abus'd Religion wore,
Story'd with griefs, and stain'd with human gore?
What various tortures, engines, fires, reveal,
Study'd, empower'd, and sanctify'd by zeal?
"An Epistle Of The Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole" by Richard Savage

In news:

Fire engines are shown in the Brentwood area near the site of a brushfire that ignited on Saturday, Sept 15, 2012.
On the Fonda Fair's second-to-last-day, a parade of semi-trucks, fire engines, ambulances and pick-ups filled the Fonda Speedway in a benefit event for children's hospitals.
Lumberton resident makes donation for fire engine By Mark Zimmaro Staff writer
The Jefferson City Fire Department responded with four engines, two ladder trucks and 19 personnel to fight a fire at Longhorn Steakhouse on Thursday afternoon.
Ambulances, fire engines and police cars fill parking lots and streets.
Fire officials said five engines and one ladder company, along with a district chief and an investigator, responded to the scene.
Jim Peppler, 2008 An Army Corp of Engineers dredge stands in Fire Island Inlet.
Jim Peppler In an undated photo, an Army Corp of Engineers dredge sucks sand off the bottom of the Fire Island Inlet.
Engine 6-4 arrived to find a trailer and the woods burning with fire spreading quickly.
Engine Fire Prompts Emergency Landing .
An experimental plane engine caught fire over Gillespie Field in El Cajon.
Ford said it has received reports of engine overheating that results in fires while the vehicles are in operation.
No Responses to "Fire Engine ".
CAL FIRE Engineer John Byrne began his 3,600-mile trip on September 9.
A Mazda RX-8 crashed into the back of a North Naples Fire Control and Rescue DIstrict fire engine about 11:20 am Sunday, June 3, 2012.

In science:

Fire fly’s underlying algorithm is now used to power the recommendation engines of sites such as
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research