Wildfire meaning

wīld'fīr'
The definition of a wildfire is a rapidly spreading forest or brush fire.

When someone drops a match in the forest and the trees start to flame and the fire spreads quickly, this is an example of a wildfire.

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A raging, rapidly spreading fire.
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Something that acts very quickly and intensely.

A land swept by the wildfire of revolution.

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A highly flammable material, such as Greek fire, once used in warfare.
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A large, intense fire, usually in an uninhabited area, that is difficult to bring under control.
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A rapidly spreading fire, especially one occurring in a wildland area.
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(historical) Greek fire, Byzantine fire.
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A spreading disease of the skin, particularly erysipelas.
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(figuratively) Something that acts quickly and uncontrollably.
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Lightning occurring without audible thunder.
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A luminosity that appears over swamps or marshes at night; ignis fatuus.
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like wildfire
  • Rapidly and intensely:.
    The disease spread like wildfire.
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spread like wildfire
  • To be disseminated widely and rapidly: said as of a rumor.
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Origin of wildfire

  • Wild + fire. In the Middle Ages, the term referred to Greek fire.
    From Wiktionary