- Fire is defined as flames, or a burning sensation in the body, or something that is burning, or strong enthusiasm.
- When you strike a match, the flames that you see are an example of fire.
- When you have a rash that is causing your skin to burn, this is an example of when your skin is on fire.
- When you dig a pit, put a lot of wood in it, strike a match and then have flames coming up that you can roast marshmallows in, this is an example of fire.
- When you feel a burning passion to get involved in fundraising, this is an example of when you direct your fire towards fundraising.
- The definition of fire is to discharge a gun, to let someone go from their job, to direct a lot of questions at someone very quickly, to send an aggressive message, or to fill someone with emotion.
- When you pull the trigger and discharge a gun, this is an example of when you fire a gun.
- When you tell someone that they are no longer working for you, this is an example of when you fire a person.
- When the press rapidly asks questions of a politician after a scandal, this is an example of when the press fires questions.
- When a politician makes an ad that inspires people to go out and vote, this is an example of when he fires up the voters.
- When you say something to get a friend really mad, this is an example of when you fire him up.
A bush fire.
- the active principle of burning, characterized by the heat and light of combustion
- fuel burning in a furnace, fireplace, etc.
- an instance of burning that is undesired, uncontrolled, and destructive: a forest fire
- any preparation that will burn and make a brilliant display: Greek fire
- anything like fire, as in heat or brilliance
- firelike brilliance
- death, torture, or trial by burning
- extreme suffering or distress that tries one's endurance; tribulation or ordeal
- a feverish or inflamed condition of the body
- strong feeling; excitement; ardor: a speech full of fire
- vivid imagination
- a discharge of firearms or artillery; shooting
- anything like this in speed and continuity of action: a fire of criticism
Origin of fireMiddle English fyr ; from Old English akin to German feuer ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pewōr- from source Classical Greek pyra, pyre, Czech pýř, glowing embers
transitive verbfired, firing
- to apply fire to; make burn; ignite
- to supply with fuel; tend the fire of: to fire a furnace
- to bake (bricks, pottery, etc.) in a kiln
- to dry by heat
- to make bright or illuminate, as if by fire
- to animate or inspire
- to excite, stimulate, or inflame: often with up
- to shoot or discharge (a gun, bullet, etc.)
- to make explode by igniting
- to hurl or direct with force and suddenness: fire a rock, fire questions
Origin of firepun on discharge to dismiss from a position; discharge
Origin of fireME firen < OE fyrian
- to start burning; flame
- to tend a fire
- to become excited or aroused
- to react in a specified way to firing in a kiln: a glaze that fires bright blue
- to shoot a firearm
- to discharge a projectile: the gun fired
- to become yellow prematurely, as corn or grain
between two fires
catch (on) fire
- to start a fire in a furnace, stove, etc.
- to start or warm up (an engine, etc.)
- to become suddenly angry
go through fire and water
- to fail to fire, as a gun
- to fail in an attempt
- greatly excited; full of ardor
- to begin to shoot
- to begin; start
play with fire
set fire to
set the world on fire
- to begin to burn
- to become excited
- under attack, as by gunfire
- subjected to criticism, etc.
- a. A rapid, persistent chemical change that releases heat and light and is accompanied by flame, especially the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance: destruction by fire.b. A specific instance of this change that destroys something: a house fire.c. A burning fuel: a cooking fire.
- Burning intensity of feeling; ardor or enthusiasm: a musical performance that had fire. See Synonyms at passion.
- Luminosity or brilliance, as of a cut and polished gemstone.
- Liveliness and vivacity of imagination; brilliance: the fire of an artistic genius.
- A severe test; a trial or torment: went through fire to become a leader.
- A fever or bodily inflammation: tormented by the fire in an infected toe.
- a. The discharge of firearms or artillery: heard the fire of cannon.b. The launching of a missile, rocket, or similar ballistic body.c. Discharged bullets or other projectiles: subjected enemy positions to heavy mortar fire; struck by rifle fire.
- Intense, repeated attack or criticism: answered the fire from her political critics.
verbfired fired, fir·ing, fires
- a. To cause to burn; ignite or set fire to: fired the enemy's encampment.b. To illuminate or cause to resemble fire, as in color: The morning sun fired the tops of the trees.
- a. To start (a fuel-burning engine or a vehicle with such an engine). Often used with up.b. To start or tend a fire in: fire a furnace.
- a. To arouse the emotions of; make enthusiastic or ardent. Often used with up: demonstrators who were fired up by their sense of injustice.b. To inspire or arouse (an emotion or the imagination).
- To bake or dry by heating, as in a kiln: fire pottery.
- a. To discharge (a firearm, for example).b. To detonate (an explosive).
- a. To propel (a projectile) from a weapon or launch (a missile): fired several rounds before the gun jammed.b. Informal To throw or propel with force and speed: fire a ball at a batter; fire a puck at the goal.c. To utter or direct with insistence: fired questions at the senator.
- Games To score (a number) in a game or contest: The golfer fired a 35 on the front nine.
- To end the employment or service of; dismiss. See Synonyms at dismiss.
- To become ignited; flame up: wet kindling that just wouldn't fire.
- a. To shoot a weapon: aimed and fired at the target.b. To detonate an explosive.c. To ignite fuel; start: The engine fired right away.
- a. To send out a projectile; discharge: The cannons fired for hours.b. To propel or hurl a projectile: The pitcher wound up and fired.
- Physiology To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.
- To become yellowed or brown before reaching maturity, as grain.
Origin of fireMiddle English fir, from Old English f&ymacron;r; see pa&schwa;w&rlowring; in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural fires)
- (uncountable) A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bonding of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smouldering.
- (countable) Something that has produced or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire.
- We sat around the fire singing songs and telling stories.
- (countable) The often accidental occurrence of fire in a certain place leading to its full or partial destruction.
- There was a fire at the school last night and the whole place burned down.
- During hot and dry summers many fires in forests are caused by regardlessly discarded cigarette butts.
- (uncountable, alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
- (China, India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (See the Classical elements).
- (countable, UK) A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).
- (countable) The elements necessary to start a fire.
- The fire was laid and needed to be lit.
- (uncountable) The bullets or other projectiles fired from a gun.
- The fire from the enemy guns kept us from attacking.
- Strength of passion, whether love or hate.
- Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm.
- Splendour; brilliancy; lustre; hence, a star.
- (countable) A button (on a joypad, joystick or similar device) usually used to make a video game character fire a weapon.
- Press fire to fire the gun.
(third-person singular simple present fires, present participle firing, simple past and past participle fired)
- To set (something) on fire.
- To heat without setting on fire, as ceramic, metal objects, etc.
- If you fire the pottery at too high a temperature, it may crack.
- They fire the wood to make it easier to put a point on the end.
- To drive away by setting a fire.
- To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), especially for cause (such as misconduct or poor performance).
- To shoot (a device that launches a projectile or a pulse of stream of something).
- We will fire our guns at the enemy.
- He fired his radar gun at passing cars.
- (intransitive) To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon.
- Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes.
- His nail gun fired about twenty roofing nails a minute.
- (sports) To shoot; to attempt to score a goal.
- (intransitive, physiology) To cause an action potential in a cell.
- When a neuron fires, it transmits information.
- To forcibly direct (something).
- He answered the questions the reporters fired at him.
- (intransitive, computer sciences, software engineering) To initiate an event (by means of an event handler)
- The event handler should only fire after all web page content has finished loading.
- To inflame; to irritate, as the passions.
- to fire the soul with anger, pride, or revenge
- To animate; to give life or spirit to.
- to fire the genius of a young man
- To feed or serve the fire of.
- to fire a boiler
- To light up as if by fire; to illuminate.
- (farriery) To cauterize.
- (intransitive, dated) To catch fire; to be kindled.
- (intransitive, dated) To be irritated or inflamed with passion.
From Middle English fier, from Old English fȳr (“fire”), from *fuïr, a regularised form of Proto-Germanic *fōr (“fire”) (compare Saterland Frisian Fjuur, West Frisian fjoer, Dutch vuur, Low German Für, German Feuer, Danish fyr), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *péh₂ur (compare Hittite (paḫḫur), Umbrian pir, Tocharian A/B por/puwar, Czech pýř (“hot ashes”), Ancient Greek πῦρ (pur, “fire”), Armenian հուր (hur, “fire”)) and perhaps Albanian prush (“embers”). This was an inanimate noun whose animate counterpart was Proto-Indo-European *h₁ngʷnis, *h₁ngʷni-.
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