Fire meaning

fīr
A severe test; a trial or torment.

Went through fire to become a leader.

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Liveliness and vivacity of imagination; brilliance.

The fire of an artistic genius.

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Intense, repeated attack or criticism.

Answered the fire from her political critics.

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Burning intensity of feeling; ardor or enthusiasm.

A musical performance that had fire.

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A fever or bodily inflammation.

Tormented by the fire in an infected toe.

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Luminosity or brilliance, as of a cut and polished gemstone.
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To bake or dry by heating, as in a kiln.

Fire pottery.

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Extreme suffering or distress that tries one's endurance; tribulation or ordeal.
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To apply fire to; make burn; ignite.
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To bake (bricks, pottery, etc.) in a kiln.
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An instance of burning that is undesired, uncontrolled, and destructive.

A forest fire.

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Any preparation that will burn and make a brilliant display.

Greek fire.

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Death, torture, or trial by burning.
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A feverish or inflamed condition of the body.
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Strong feeling; excitement; ardor.

A speech full of fire.

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To supply with fuel; tend the fire of.

To fire a furnace.

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To dry by heat.
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To make bright or illuminate, as if by fire.
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To hurl or direct with force and suddenness.

Fire a rock, fire questions.

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To dismiss from an office, position, or employment; discharge.
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(games) To score (a number) in a game or contest.

The golfer fired a 35 on the front nine.

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To end the employment or service of; dismiss.
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To become ignited; flame up.

Wet kindling that just wouldn't fire.

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(physiology) To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.
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To become yellowed or brown before reaching maturity, as grain.
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The active principle of burning, characterized by the heat and light of combustion.
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Fuel burning in a furnace, fireplace, etc.
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Vivid imagination.
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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.

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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.

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To start burning; flame.
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To become excited or aroused.
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To react in a specified way to firing in a kiln.

A glaze that fires bright blue.

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To shoot a firearm.
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To discharge a projectile.

The gun fired accidentally.

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To become yellow prematurely, as corn or grain.
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(1) Tablet: see Kindle Fire.
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(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.
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(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.

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(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.

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(uncountable, alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
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(China, India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (See the Classical elements).
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(countable, UK) A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).
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(countable) The elements necessary to start a fire.

The fire was laid and needed to be lit.

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(uncountable) The bullets or other projectiles fired from a gun.

The fire from the enemy guns kept us from attacking.

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Strength of passion, whether love or hate.
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Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm.
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Splendour; brilliancy; lustre; hence, a star.
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(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.

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To set (something) on fire.
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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.

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To drive away by setting a fire.
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To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), especially for cause (such as misconduct or poor performance).
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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.

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(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.

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(sports) To shoot; to attempt to score a goal.
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(intransitive, physiology) To cause an action potential in a cell.

When a neuron fires, it transmits information.

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To forcibly direct (something).

He answered the questions the reporters fired at him.

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(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.

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To inflame; to irritate, as the passions.

To fire the soul with anger, pride, or revenge.

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To animate; to give life or spirit to.

To fire the genius of a young man.

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To feed or serve the fire of.

To fire a boiler.

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To light up as if by fire; to illuminate.
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(farriery) To cauterize.
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(intransitive, dated) To catch fire; to be kindled.
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(intransitive, dated) To be irritated or inflamed with passion.
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The sector of the economy including finance, insurance and real estate businesses.
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between two fires
  • Being attacked from two sources or sides simultaneously.
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on fire
  • Ignited; ablaze.
  • Filled with enthusiasm or excitement.
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(slang) start
  • To urge or goad to action.
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under fire
  • Exposed or subjected to enemy attack.
  • Exposed or subjected to critical attack or censure:
    An official who was under fire for mismanagement.
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between two fires
  • between two attacks; shot at, criticized, etc. from both sides
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catch (on) fire
  • to begin burning; ignite
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fire away
  • to begin; start
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fire up
  • to start a fire in a furnace, stove, etc.
  • to start or warm up (an engine, etc.)
  • to become suddenly angry or impassioned
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go through fire and water
  • to undergo great difficulties or dangers
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on fire
  • burning
  • greatly excited; full of ardor
  • having an extraordinary run of success
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open fire
  • to begin to shoot firearms, artillery, etc.
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play with fire
  • to do something risky
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set fire to
  • to make burn; ignite
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set the world on fire
  • to become famous through brilliant achievements
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strike fire
  • to make a spark, as with tinder
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take fire
  • to begin to burn
  • to become excited
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under fire
  • under attack, as by gunfire
  • subjected to criticism or hostility; embattled
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fire
Plural:
fires

Origin of fire

  • Middle English fir from Old English fȳr paəwr̥ in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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-.

    From Wiktionary