- the application of heat to harden or glaze pottery
- the stoking of a fire, furnace, etc.
- the shooting of firearms, etc.
- fuel for a fire
- ☆ the scorching of plants, as from heat, drought, or disease
- The process of applying fire or heat, as in the hardening or glazing of ceramics.
- Fuel for fires.
- The act or an instance of dismissing someone from a job.
- Present participle of fire.
Variant of 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.