Flame on a golden candle.
- The definition of a flame is burning gas, fire or blaze, or a strong passion.
- An example of a flame is a fire from a lighter.
- An example of a flame is an intense desire for a particular person.
- Flame is defined as to burn or light up, or to criticize harshly.
- An example of flame is to light a match.
- An example of flame is to continuously scream at someone.
- the burning gas or vapor of a fire, seen as a flickering light of various colors; blaze
- a tongue of light rising from a fire
- the state of burning with a blaze of light: to burst into flame
- a thing like a flame in heat, brilliance, etc.
- brilliance or bright coloring
- an intense emotion; strong passion
- Informal a personal attack, harsh criticism, etc., specif. when communicated by e-mail
- a sweetheart
Origin of flameMiddle English ; from Old French flamme (; from Classical Latin flamma) and amp; flambe ; from Classical Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma ; from base of flagrare, to burn: see flagrant
intransitive verbflamed, flaming
- to burn with a blaze of light; burst into flame
- to light up with color as if blazing; grow red or hot: a face flaming with anger
- to show intense emotion; become very excited
Origin of flameME flammen < OFr flamer < L flammare
- Now Rare to burn or heat with flame
- to treat with flame
- Informal to attack or harshly criticize, as by e-mail
- Cooking to douse with alcoholic liquor and set afire: flame the roast with brandy
- The zone of burning gases and fine suspended matter associated with rapid combustion; a hot, glowing mass of burning gas or vapor.
- The condition of active, blazing combustion: burst into flame.
- Something resembling a flame in motion, brilliance, intensity, or shape.
- A violent or intense passion.
- Informal A person that one has an intense passion for.
- Informal An insulting criticism or remark meant to incite anger, as on a computer network.
verbflamed flamed, flam·ing, flames
- To burn brightly; blaze.
- To color or flash suddenly: cheeks that flamed with embarrassment.
- Informal To make insulting criticisms or remarks, as on a computer network, to incite anger.
- To burn, ignite, or scorch (something) with a flame.
- Informal To insult or criticize provokingly, as on a computer network.
- Obsolete To excite; inflame.
Origin of flameMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman flaumbe, variant of Old French flambe, from flamble, from Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- The visible part of fire; a stream of burning vapour or gas, emitting light and heat.
- A romantic partner or lover in a usually short-lived but passionate affair.
- (Internet) Intentionally insulting criticism or remark meant to incite anger.
- A brilliant reddish orange-gold fiery colour.
- (music, chiefly lutherie) The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the curl.
- The cello has a two-piece back with a beautiful narrow flame.
- Burning zeal, passion, imagination, excitement, or anger.
(third-person singular simple present flames, present participle flaming, simple past and past participle flamed)
Middle English flaume, flaumbe, blend of Anglo-Norman flame and flambe, flamble, the first from Latin flamma, the second from Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma, both from pre-Latin *fladma; akin to Old English glēd (“ember”); ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlē- (“to shimmer, gleam, shine”).