from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The zone of burning gases and fine suspended matter associated with rapid combustion; a hot, glowing mass of burning gas or vapor.
- n. The condition of active, blazing combustion: burst into flame.
- n. Something resembling a flame in motion, brilliance, intensity, or shape.
- n. A violent or intense passion.
- n. Informal A sweetheart.
- n. Informal An insulting criticism or remark meant to incite anger, as on a computer network.
- intransitive v. To burn brightly; blaze.
- intransitive v. To color or flash suddenly: cheeks that flamed with embarrassment.
- intransitive v. Informal To make insulting criticisms or remarks, as on a computer network, to incite anger.
- transitive v. To burn, ignite, or scorch (something) with a flame.
- transitive v. Informal To insult or criticize provokingly, as on a computer network.
- transitive v. Obsolete To excite; inflame.
- flame out To fail: "Only a handful of companies have flamed out in the two decades since the birth of the [biotech] industry” ( Rhonda L. Rundle).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The visible part of fire.
- n. A romantic partner or lover in usually short-lived but passionate affair.
- n. Intentionally insulting criticism or remark meant to incite anger.
- n. A brilliant reddish orange-gold fiery colour. flame colour:
- n. The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the curl.
- v. To produce flames.
- v. To post a destructively critical or abusive message, especially to provoke dissent or controversy
- adj. Of a brilliant reddish orange-gold colour, like that of a flame.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stream of burning vapor or gas, emitting light and heat; darting or streaming fire; a blaze; a fire.
- n. Burning zeal or passion; elevated and noble enthusiasm; glowing imagination; passionate excitement or anger.
- n. Ardor of affection; the passion of love.
- n. A person beloved; a sweetheart.
- intransitive v. To burn with a flame or blaze; to burn as gas emitted from bodies in combustion; to blaze.
- intransitive v. To burst forth like flame; to break out in violence of passion; to be kindled with zeal or ardor.
- transitive v. To kindle; to inflame; to excite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A blaze; vapor in combustion; hydrogen or any inflammable gas in a state of visible combustion.
- n. plural In heraldry, a conventional representation of fire, seldom borne as an independent bearing, but accompanying the phenix, the salamander, the fire-ball, and the like. When of any other tincture than gules, this must be mentioned in the blazon. Figuratively
- n. Brilliant light; scintillating luster; flame-like color or appearance.
- n. Heat or ardor of emotion or passion; warmth of feeling; specifically, the passion of love; ardent love.
- n. Angry or hostile excitement; burning animosity; contentious rage or strife.
- n. An object of the passion of love: as, she was my first flame.
- n. The gleam appearing at night from a school of herrings.
- n. The geometrid moth, Anticlea rubidata: a collectors' name.
- To emit a flame; burst into flame; blaze.
- To shine like flame; glow with the brilliancy of flame; flash.
- To break out in violence of passion.
- To burn, as with a flame; singe; baste. See flamb, v.
- To inflame; hence, to excite.
- To cause to shine.
- In technical use, to subject to the action of fire or flame: scorch; singe.
- To hold in or pass through a flame, as an instrument, in order to sterilize it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
- v. shine with a sudden light
- v. criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium
- v. be in flames or aflame
Middle 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)