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A boat equipped to fight fires along waterfronts and on ships.
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(Nautical Terms) a motor vessel with fire-fighting apparatus
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a powered vessel equipped to fight fires on boats, docks, shores, etc.
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Noun1.fireboat - a boat equipped to fight fires on ships or along a waterfront
boat - a small vessel for travel on water
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