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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fahyuh r-fahy-ter]
    • /ˈfaɪərˌfaɪ tɛr/
    • /ˈfaɪə.faɪ.tə(r)ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahyuh r-fahy-ter]
    • /ˈfaɪərˌfaɪ tɛr/

Definitions of firefighting word

  • noun firefighting a person who fights destructive fires. 1
  • noun firefighting The action or process of extinguishing fires, as a person’s job. 1
  • noun firefighting act of combatting fires 1
  • noun firefighting fighting fires 1
  • noun firefighting computing: efforts to fix sth 1
  • noun Definition of firefighting in Technology 1. What sysadmins have to do to correct sudden operational problems. An opposite of hacking. "Been hacking your new newsreader?" "No, a power glitch hosed the network and I spent the whole afternoon fighting fires." 2. The act of throwing lots of manpower and late nights at a project, especially to get it out before deadline. See also gang bang, Mongolian Hordes technique; however, the term "firefighting" connotes that the effort is going into chasing bugs rather than adding features. 1

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Origin of firefighting

First appearance:

before 1900
One of the 17% newest English words
First recorded in 1900-05; fire + fighter

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Parts of speech for Firefighting


firefighting popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 61% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

firefighting usage trend in Literature

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