from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A rapid, persistent chemical change that releases heat and light and is accompanied by flame, especially the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance.
- noun A specific instance of this change that destroys something.
- noun A burning fuel.
- noun Burning intensity of feeling; ardor or enthusiasm: synonym: passion.
- noun Luminosity or brilliance, as of a cut and polished gemstone.
- noun Liveliness and vivacity of imagination; brilliance.
- noun A severe test; a trial or torment.
- noun A fever or bodily inflammation.
- noun The discharge of firearms or artillery.
- noun The launching of a missile, rocket, or similar ballistic body.
- noun Discharged bullets or other projectiles.
- noun Intense, repeated attack or criticism.
- intransitive verb To cause to burn; ignite or set fire to.
- intransitive verb To illuminate or cause to resemble fire, as in color.
- intransitive verb To start (a fuel-burning engine or a vehicle with such an engine). Often used with up.
- intransitive verb To start or tend a fire in.
- intransitive verb To arouse the emotions of; make enthusiastic or ardent. Often used with up:
- intransitive verb To inspire or arouse (an emotion or the imagination).
- intransitive verb To bake or dry by heating, as in a kiln.
- intransitive verb To discharge (a firearm, for example).
- intransitive verb To detonate (an explosive).
- intransitive verb To propel (a projectile) from a weapon or launch (a missile).
- intransitive verb Informal To throw or propel with force and speed.
- intransitive verb To utter or direct with insistence.
- intransitive verb Games To score (a number) in a game or contest.
- intransitive verb To end the employment or service of; dismiss. synonym: dismiss.
- intransitive verb To become ignited; flame up.
- intransitive verb To shoot a weapon.
- intransitive verb To detonate an explosive.
- intransitive verb To ignite fuel; start.
- intransitive verb To send out a projectile; discharge.
- intransitive verb To propel or hurl a projectile.
- intransitive verb Physiology To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.
- intransitive verb To become yellowed or brown before reaching maturity, as grain.
- idiom (between two fires) Being attacked from two sources or sides simultaneously.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The fire itself is referred to as the fire incident.'
A stranger might suppose the buildings on fire, but not a blaze is within, the object here, as in bacon-curing, being _smoke_, not _fire_.
For example, utter the words: "A house is my fire," and observe the comparative duration of time in the pronunciation of each word, the comparative stress, and the relative pitch (e.g. of _a_ and _fire_).
On her return, seeing her mistress on fire, she immediately gave an alarm; and some people coming to her assistance, one of them endeavored to extinguish the flames with his hands, _but they adhered to them as if they had been dipped in brandy or oil on fire_.
Sioux cheti to build a fire, chewati I build a fire; shuta to miss, shuunta-pi we miss.
But, a final objection is raised, as on this view of the matter the elements -- earth, water and fire -- which are eaten and drunk, are already tripartite, each of them containing portions of all, and thus are of a threefold nature, how can they be designated each of them by a simple term -- _earth_, _water_, _fire_?
By morning the repair was accomplished, the leak was stopped, and in thirty hours the fire was again in the boiler; _and all the time the south wind blew so mildly that there was not the least need of a fire_.
The fire admits of easy regulation, the ashes may be removed and the fuel may be supplied without _checking the fire_.
It remains, then, that you be committed to the fire, which shall consume the light materials; for our God, to those who can comprehend heavenly things, is called a _consuming fire_.
If we find _agni_, meaning fire, in Sanskrit, and _ignis_, meaning fire, in Latin, we may safely conclude that _fire_ was known to the undivided Aryans, even if no trace of the same name of fire occurred anywhere else.
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