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    origin of 'fire engine'

    Could someone tell me how 'fire engine' came about when 'engine' means "a machine with moving parts that uses a fuel to produce movement, for example in a road vehicle or airplane"?

    I believe in AmE, the term is "fire truck", which makes more sense to me.

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    Re: origin of 'fire engine'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Could someone tell me how 'fire engine' came about when 'engine' means "a machine with moving parts that uses a fuel to produce movement, for example in a road vehicle or airplane"?

    I believe in AmE, the term is "fire truck", which makes more sense to me.

    Thanks.
    An "engine" is not necessarily motorised it can be anything mechanical. Have a look at the links below:
    Résultats Google Recherche d'images correspondant à http://fire-engine-photos.com.s3.amazonaws.com/12539.jpg
    Résultats Google Recherche d'images correspondant à http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/wooden_war_engine_kits.jpg

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    Re: origin of 'fire engine'

    When fire appliances looked like http://www.culture24.org.uk/asset_ar.../v0_master.jpg, I imagine they weren't called engines. But when this sort of thing came along - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._dalmatian.jpg - 'engine' was the word used. (The dog is coincidental!)

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    Re: origin of 'fire engine'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post

    I believe in AmE, the term is "fire truck", which makes more sense to me.
    The AmE term is "fire engine."

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