Inferno meaning

ĭn-fûrnō
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The definition of an inferno is hell, or a very hot place with flames.

An example of an inferno is a huge wood-burning oven.

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A large fire, a conflagration.
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A place of fiery heat or destruction.
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(place) Hell or any place suggesting hell, usually characterized by great heat or flames.
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Hell-like place or situation.
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A place or condition suggestive of hell, especially with respect to human suffering or death.

The inferno of battle.

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A distributed operating system from Vita Nuova Holdings Limited (www.vitanuova.com) that is a spin-off of the Plan 9 system developed at Bell Labs. Inferno uses fewer resources than Plan 9 and includes its own virtual machine (Dis) and concurrent programming language (Limbo). Inferno can also run on top of other operating systems, including Windows, Unix and Plan 9. See Plan 9 and distributed operating system.
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(proper) That section of Dante's Divine Comedy which describes hell and the sufferings of the damned.
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Origin of inferno

  • Italian hell from Late Latin īnfernus infernal

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

  • From Italian inferno (“hell”), from Latin infernus (“of the lower regions”), inferna (“the lower regions”); see infernal.

    From Wiktionary

  • The meaning "big fire" came as a figurative use from the traditional idea of hellfire,

    From Wiktionary