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
- [often pl.] 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 an angry, insulting, or harshly critical electronic message
- Informal a sweetheart
Origin of flameMiddle English from Old French flamme ( from Classical Latin flamma) and flambe from Classical Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma from base of flagrare, to burn: see flagrant
intransitive verbflamed, flam′ing
- 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
- Informal to send an angry, insulting, or harshly critical electronic message
Origin of flameME flammen < OFr flamer < L flammare
- Now Rare to burn or heat with flame
- to treat with flame
- Informal to attack, insult, or harshly criticize by means of an electronic message
- Cooking to douse with alcoholic liquor and set afire: flame the roast with brandy
go down in flames
Origin of flamein allusion to aerial combat
- 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, 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”).
flame - Computer Definition
To communicate emotionally via electronic means. Just as people might argue what is polite behavior and what is not, whether an e-mail message or blog post is flaming or not is also in the eye of the beholder. Vulgar cursing would definitely be flaming, however. See netiquette, Internet troll, flame war and holy war.