Definition of fire step in US English:

fire step


  • A step or ledge on which soldiers in a trench stand to fire.

    • ‘An officer blundered down the trench telling the men to mount the fire-step and fight.’
    • ‘On the side of the trench facing the enemy a ‘fire step’ was cut into the wall.’
    • ‘Soldiers would be sent to the fire step as darkness approached in preparation for surprise attacks.’
    • ‘In waterlogged trenches, which were common, the fire-step also kept the wounded dry.’
    • ‘Some soldiers were put on sentry duty: standing on the fire step of the trench and observing the enemy.’


fire step

/ˈfī(ə)r ˌstep/