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Definition of "fire" []

  • A rapid, persistent chemical change that releases heat and light and is accompanied by flame, especially the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance. (noun)
  • Burning fuel or other material: a cooking fire; a forest fire. (noun)
  • Burning intensity of feeling; ardor. See Synonyms at passion. (noun)
  • Enthusiasm. (noun)
  • Luminosity or brilliance, as of a cut and polished gemstone. (noun)
  • The state of combustion in which inflammable material burns, producing heat, flames, and often smoke (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A mass of burning coal, wood, etc, used esp in a hearth to heat a room (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • A destructive conflagration, as of a forest, building, etc (noun)
  • A device for heating a room, etc (noun)
  • Something resembling a fire in light or brilliance (noun)
  • A flash or spark of or as if of fire (noun)
  • The act of discharging weapons, artillery, etc (noun)
  • The shells, etc, fired (noun)
  • A burst or rapid volley (noun)
  • Intense passion; ardour (noun)
  • Liveliness, as of imagination, thought, etc (noun)
  • A burning sensation sometimes produced by drinking strong alcoholic liquor (noun)
  • Fever and inflammation (noun)
  • A severe trial or torment (esp in the phrase go through fire and water) (noun)
  • Of or relating to a group of three signs of the zodiac, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius (noun)
  • To discharge (a firearm or projectile) or (of a firearm, etc) to be discharged (verb)
  • To detonate (an explosive charge or device) or (of such a charge or device) to be detonated (verb)
  • To dismiss from employment (verb)
  • To bake in a kiln to harden the clay, fix the glaze, etc (verb)
  • To kindle or be kindled; ignite (verb)
  • To provide with fuel (verb)
  • To tend a fire (verb)
  • To subject to heat (verb)
  • To heat slowly so as to dry (verb)
  • To arouse to strong emotion (verb)
  • To glow or cause to glow (verb)
  • (of an internal-combustion engine) to ignite (verb)
  • (of grain) to become blotchy or yellow before maturity (verb)
  • (of a sportsman, etc) to play well or with enthusiasm (verb)

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Use "fire" in a sentence
  • "The fire itself is referred to as the ‘fire incident.'"
  • "For example, utter the words: "A house is my fire," and observe the comparative duration of time in the pronunciation of each word, the comparative stress, and the relative pitch (e.g. of _a_ and _fire_)."
  • "On her return, seeing her mistress on fire, she immediately gave an alarm; and some people coming to her assistance, one of them endeavored to extinguish the flames with his hands, _but they adhered to them as if they had been dipped in brandy or oil on fire_."