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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of inflaming or the state of being inflamed.
  • n. A localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of inflaming, kindling, or setting on fire; also, the state of being inflamed.
  • n. A condition of any part of the body, consisting in congestion of the blood vessels, with obstruction of the blood current, and growth of morbid tissue. It is manifested outwardly by redness and swelling, attended with heat and pain.
  • n. Violent excitement; heat; passion; animosity; turbulence; as, an inflammation of the mind, of the body politic, or of parties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of inflaming, kindling, or setting on fire; also, the state of being inflamed.
  • n. A morbid condition of any part of the body, consisting in congestion of the blood vessels, with obstruction of the blood current, and growth of morbid tissue. It is manifested outwardly by redness and swelling, attended with tenderness, heat and pain. It may be caused by exposure to any number of injurious agents.
  • n. Violent excitement; heat; passion; animosity; turbulence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of inflaming; the act of setting on fire or of taking fire, actually or figuratively.
  • n. A fiery, heated, or inflamed condition, especially as resulting from passion, excessive stimulation, as by intoxicating liquors, etc.
  • n. In pathology, a morbid condition usually characterized by swelling, pain, heat, and redness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of setting something on fire
  • n. arousal to violent emotion
  • n. a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat
  • n. the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up

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