- 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.
fire definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- 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: pun on dischargeto dismiss from a position; discharge
Origin: ME 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
- firer noun
fire definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A rapid, persistent chemical change that releases heat and light and is accompanied by flame, especially the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance.b. Burning fuel or other material: a cooking fire; a forest fire.
- a. Burning intensity of feeling; ardor. See Synonyms at passion.b. Enthusiasm.
- Luminosity or brilliance, as of a cut and polished gemstone.
- Liveliness and vivacity of imagination; brilliance.
- A severe test; a trial or torment.
- A fever or bodily inflammation.
- 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.
- a. To cause to burn; ignite.b. To light (something) up as if by fire: The morning sun fired the tops of the trees.
- a. To add fuel to (something burning).b. To maintain or fuel a fire in.c. To start (a fuel-burning engine). Often used with up.
- a. To bake in a kiln: fire pottery.b. To dry by heating.
- To arouse the emotions of; make enthusiastic or ardent. Often used with up: warriors who were fired by patriotism.
- a. To discharge (a firearm, for example).b. To detonate (an explosive).
- a. To propel (a projectile); launch (a missile).b. Informal To throw with force and speed; hurl: fire a ball at a batter.c. To utter or direct with insistence: fired questions at the senator.
- Games To score (a number) in a game or contest.
- To discharge from a position; dismiss. See Synonyms at dismiss.
- To become ignited; flame up.
- a. To become excited or ardent.b. To become angry or annoyed.
- To tend a fire.
- a. To shoot a weapon: aimed and fired at the target.b. To detonate an explosive.c. To ignite fuel, as in an engine.
- Informal To project or hurl a missile: 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: Middle English fir, from Old English fȳr; see paəwṛ in Indo-European roots.
- fireˈa·ble adjective
- firˈer noun
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fire - Phrases/Idioms
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.
between two fires
- Ignited; ablaze.
- Filled with enthusiasm or excitement.
- Exposed or subjected to enemy attack.
- Exposed or subjected to critical attack or censure: an official who was under fire for mismanagement.