fireman vs reliever what difference

what is difference between fireman and reliever

English

Etymology

fire +‎ -man

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfaɪɹmən/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfaɪəmən/
  • Hyphenation: fire‧man

Noun

fireman (plural firemen)

  1. (firefighting) Someone (especially one who is male) who is skilled in the work of fighting fire.
    • 1993, Nancy F. Cott (editor), History of Women in the United States. Historical Articles on Women’s Lives and Activities. 15. Women and War, page 432:
      By February 1944 there were over two thousand women employed at the Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company […]. There were also female firemen on almost every shipyard crane […].
    • 30 June 2019, Don’t call us for cats stuck in trees, Fire Brigade warns (Daily Telegraph)
      For firemen everywhere rescuing cats from trees has been as much a part of the job as tackling blazing buildings.
    Synonyms: firefighter, smoke eater
    Hyponyms: firewoman, hotshot, smokejumper
  2. (rail transport, nautical) A person (originally a man) who keeps the fire going underneath a steam boiler (originally, shoveling coal by hand), particularly on a railroad locomotive or steamship.
    • ca. 1913 The wreck of Old 97 [ballad, Blue Ridge Mountains], verse 3:
      He looked around his cab at his black greasy fireman, saying ‘shovel on a little more coal, and when we cross that White Oak Mountain, you can watch Old 97 roll’.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, Chapter IX, p. 140, [1]
      No grass grew under a train when the engineer let Fireman McLash take the throttle.
    Synonym: (informal) bakehead
  3. (rail transport, by extension) An assistant on any locomotive, whether steam-powered or not.
  4. (baseball) A relief pitcher.
  5. (mining, historical) A safety inspector in coal mines.

Usage notes

  • (firefighting): Historically only a man, but now used to refer to female firefighters as well. In modern usage, the gender-inclusive term firefighter is generally preferred.
  • (rail transport): This term is commonly used for both males and females, firewoman is rarer in this sense.

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See also

  • tillerman
  • stoker

Anagrams

  • feminar, inframe


English

Etymology

relieve +‎ -er

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -iːvə(ɹ)

Noun

reliever (plural relievers)

  1. (chiefly medicine) Something which relieves (pain, etc.).
    Pepto-Bismol is an upset-stomach reliever.
  2. (baseball) A relief pitcher.
    The first reliever got the last two outs of the sixth.
  3. Someone who fills in for another.
    I’ll be the reliever today so that you can each take a break.
  4. (slang, dated) A garment kept for being lent out.
    • 1929, Maine. Legislature, Legislative Record (page 1033)
      Now that fellow wants five or ten dollars on his suit. He goes to this pawn shop and asks for a reliever. That is a second-hand suit, pretty well used up.

See also

  • starter
  • pitcher
  • first baseman
  • infielder
  • outfielder

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