from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fire in a camp for warmth or cooking: as, a soldier's or a hunter's camp-fire. It is commonly built in the open air and on the ground.
  • n. Among the members of the society called the Grand Army of the Republic, a meeting or reunion of the members of a post.


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  • To the three R's his mother taught him by camp-fire and candle-light, he had added a somewhat miscellaneous book-knowledge; but he was not burdened with what he had gathered.


  • Holmes to deduce that you have been cooking over a camp-fire, to say nothing of trying out seal-blubber.

    Chapter 35

  • In the morning his mother cooked the breakfast over the camp-fire, and capped it with a fifty-mile ride into the next sun-down.


  • Men never talked of luck and pluck and five-hundred-dollar dirt without bringing in the name of Axel Gunderson; nor could tales of nerve or strength or daring pass up and down the camp-fire without the summoning of his presence.

    An Odyssey of the North

  • And in the talk by the camp-fire and chuck wagon, among forty-dollar-a-month cowboys who had not foreseen what John Chisum foresaw,


  • He had pleasured in camp-fire chats with her, not as a man who knew himself to be man and she woman, but as a man might with a child, and as a man of his make certainly would if for no other reason than to vary the tedium of a bleak existence.


  • Somebody called the name of an absent member, who came out of an ancient cabin at the edge of the camp-fire and joined them.

    In a Far Country

  • Behind him he often observed a camp-fire smoke trickling thinly up through the quiet air, and he wondered why the people did not overtake him.


  • He symbolised it, was its personification: so that when they showed their teeth to him they were defending themselves against the powers of destruction that lurked in the shadows of the forest and in the dark beyond the camp-fire.

    The Enemy of His Kind

  • Life, and the pleasant camp-fire, and the quiet rest in the noonday shade, came back to Tommy as the shore drew near, and more than all, blessed Toronto, its houses that never moved, and its jostling streets.

    CHAPTER 25


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