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firefight a brief but heavy exchange of gunfire, usu. between small military units; skirmish.
firefighter someone who fights fires, either for pay or as a volunteer.
fireflood a procedure designed to increase the flow of oil from an oil well by injecting compressed air into the ground and burning some of the oil.
firefly any of a number of beetles whose abdomens emit a flashing light at night.
firehouse a building in which equipment for fighting fires is kept and where firefighters assemble; fire station.
fire hydrant a hydrant to which a firefighting hose can be attached; fireplug.
fire insurance insurance against loss or damage of property caused by a fire.
fireless combined form of fire.
firelight the light cast by a fire, esp. from a fireplace.
fireman a male firefighter.
fire opal an opal having vibrant red, yellow, or orange flares of color.
fireplace an indoor recess in a chimney, in which fires can be made; hearth. [2 definitions]
fireplug a large terminal water pipe that protrudes from the ground, to which hoses can be connected for fighting fires; fire hydrant.
firepower the capability of a weapon, group of soldiers, ship, or the like to deliver fire. [2 definitions]
fireproof difficult or impossible to damage or destroy with fire. [2 definitions]
fire-resistant difficult to burn.
fire sale a sale at reduced prices of goods presumably damaged by or during a fire.
fire service see "fire brigade."
fireside the area adjacent to a fireplace. [2 definitions]
fire station a building in which firefighting equipment and trucks are kept and at which firefighters are housed or on duty.
firestorm an intense, widespread fire, caused by heavy conventional bombing or by an atomic explosion. [2 definitions]