fire drill

fire drill
noun
an exercise intended to train people in duties and escape procedures to be followed in case of fire
Hypernyms: ↑exercise, ↑practice, ↑drill, ↑practice session, ↑recitation

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noun
1. : a primitive device for kindling fire consisting of a stick that is revolved rapidly between the hands or by means of a bow or thong with the stick's lower end being pressed into a hole made in a piece of wood
2. : a practice drill with fire-extinguishing apparatus or in the conduct and manner of exit to be followed in case of fire

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1. a practice drill for a company of firefighters, the crew of a ship, etc., to train them in their duties in case of fire.
2. a drill for pupils in a school, employees in a factory, etc., to train them in the manner of exit to be followed in case of fire.
[1890-95]

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fire drill noun
1. A primitive instrument for making fire by twirling a stick
2. A practice in putting out or escaping from a fire
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Main Entry:fire

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fire drill UK US noun [countable] [singular fire drill plural fire drills]
an occasion when all the people in a building pretend there is a fire inside and practise getting out safely
Thesaurus: fire department and dealing with fireshyponym to burn, or to start a firesynonym

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fire drill,
a drill for firemen, a ship or airplane crew, pupils in a school, or others in a building, to train them for duties or for orderly exit in case of fire.

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n.
1) a practice of the emergency procedures to be used in case of fire
2) a primitive device for kindling fire by frictional heating, consisting of a pointed stick that is twirled in a hole in a flat piece of soft wood

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noun, pl ⋯ drills [count]
: an activity in which people practice leaving a place quickly so that they will know what to do if there is a fire

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ˈfire drill [fire drill fire drills] (BrE also ˈfire practice) noun countable, uncountable
a practice of what people must do in order to escape safely from a fire in a building
See also:fire practice

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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