Definitions

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

  • n. A rapid, persistent chemical change that releases heat and light and is accompanied by flame, especially the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance.
  • n. Burning fuel or other material: a cooking fire; a forest fire.
  • n. Burning intensity of feeling; ardor. See Synonyms at passion.
  • n. Enthusiasm.
  • n. Luminosity or brilliance, as of a cut and polished gemstone.
  • n. Liveliness and vivacity of imagination; brilliance.
  • n. A severe test; a trial or torment.
  • n. A fever or bodily inflammation.
  • n. The discharge of firearms or artillery: heard the fire of cannon.
  • n. The launching of a missile, rocket, or similar ballistic body.
  • n. Discharged bullets or other projectiles: subjected enemy positions to heavy mortar fire; struck by rifle fire.
  • n. Intense, repeated attack or criticism: answered the fire from her political critics.
  • transitive v. To cause to burn; ignite.
  • transitive v. To light (something) up as if by fire: The morning sun fired the tops of the trees.
  • transitive v. To add fuel to (something burning).
  • transitive v. To maintain or fuel a fire in.
  • transitive v. To start (a fuel-burning engine). Often used with up.
  • transitive v. To bake in a kiln: fire pottery.
  • transitive v. To dry by heating.
  • transitive v. To arouse the emotions of; make enthusiastic or ardent. Often used with up: warriors who were fired by patriotism.
  • transitive v. To discharge (a firearm, for example).
  • transitive v. To detonate (an explosive).
  • transitive v. To propel (a projectile); launch (a missile).
  • transitive v. Informal To throw with force and speed; hurl: fire a ball at a batter.
  • transitive v. To utter or direct with insistence: fired questions at the senator.
  • transitive v. Games To score (a number) in a game or contest.
  • transitive v. To discharge from a position; dismiss. See Synonyms at dismiss.
  • intransitive v. To become ignited; flame up.
  • intransitive v. To become excited or ardent.
  • intransitive v. To become angry or annoyed.
  • intransitive v. To tend a fire.
  • intransitive v. To shoot a weapon: aimed and fired at the target.
  • intransitive v. To detonate an explosive.
  • intransitive v. To ignite fuel, as in an engine.
  • intransitive v. Informal To project or hurl a missile: The pitcher wound up and fired.
  • intransitive v. Physiology To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.
  • intransitive v. To become yellowed or brown before reaching maturity, as grain.
  • fire away Informal To start to talk or ask questions.
  • fire off To utter or ask rapidly.
  • fire off To write and send (a letter, for example) in haste.
  • idiom between two fires Being attacked from two sources or sides simultaneously.
  • idiom on fire Ignited; ablaze.
  • idiom on fire Filled with enthusiasm or excitement.
  • idiom start Slang To urge or goad to action.
  • idiom under fire Exposed or subjected to enemy attack.
  • idiom under fire Exposed or subjected to critical attack or censure: an official who was under fire for mismanagement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bonding of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smouldering.
  • n. Something that has produced or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire.
  • n. The often accidental occurrence of fire in a certain place leading to its full or partial destruction.
  • n. One of the four basic elements.
  • n. One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  • n. A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).
  • n. The elements necessary to start a fire.
  • n. The in-flight bullets or other projectiles shot from a gun.
  • n. A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to fire a weapon.
  • v. To set (something) on fire.
  • v. To heat without setting on fire, as ceramic, metal objects, etc.
  • v. To drive away by setting a fire.
  • v. To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), especially for cause (such as misconduct or poor performance).
  • v. To shoot (a device that launches a projectile or a pulse of stream of something).
  • v. To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon.
  • v. To shoot; to attempt to score a goal.
  • v. To cause an action potential in a cell.
  • v. To forcibly direct (something).
  • v. To initiate an event (by means of an event handler)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The evolution of light and heat in the combustion of bodies; combustion; state of ignition.
  • n. Fuel in a state of combustion, as on a hearth, or in a stove or a furnace.
  • n. The burning of a house or town; a conflagration.
  • n. Anything which destroys or affects like fire.
  • n. Ardor of passion, whether love or hate; excessive warmth; consuming violence of temper.
  • n. Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm; capacity for ardor and zeal.
  • n. Splendor; brilliancy; luster; hence, a star.
  • n. Torture by burning; severe trial or affliction.
  • n. The discharge of firearms; firing.
  • transitive v. To set on fire; to kindle
  • transitive v. To subject to intense heat; to bake; to burn in a kiln.
  • transitive v. To inflame; to irritate, as the passions.
  • transitive v. To animate; to give life or spirit to.
  • transitive v. To feed or serve the fire of.
  • transitive v. To light up as if by fire; to illuminate.
  • transitive v. To cause to explode; ; to disharge
  • transitive v. To drive by fire.
  • transitive v. To cauterize.
  • transitive v. to dismiss from employment, a post, or other job; to cause (a person) to cease being an employee; -- of a person. The act of firing is usually performed by that person's supervisor or employer.
  • intransitive v. To take fire; to be kindled; to kindle.
  • intransitive v. To be irritated or inflamed with passion.
  • intransitive v. To discharge artillery or firearms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The visible heat, or light, evolved by the action of a high temperature on certain bodies, which are in consequence styled inflammable or combustible; combustion, or the heat and light evolved during the process of combustion.
  • n. Fuel in a state of combustion, as on a hearth or the ground, or in a grate, stove, or furnace; a burning mass of material lighted for the sake of warmth or for the utilization of the heat or light from it.
  • n. The burning of any large collection of material, as a building, town, forest, etc.; a conflagration: as, the great fire of London or of Chicago; a forest or a prairie fire.
  • n. A spark or sparks; specifically, a spark, as from red-hot iron, or from flint or other stones when struck.
  • n. Flashing light; vivid luster; splendor.
  • n. In precious stones, the quality of refracting and dispersing light, and the brilliancy of effect that comes from this quality.
  • n. A luminous body; a star.
  • n. A sensation of internal heat arising from either a physical or a mental cause; an inflammatory process or effect.
  • n. Ardor; burning desire; passionate love for something.
  • n. Consuming violence, as of temper; fierceness; vehemence: as, the fire of love or of enmity.
  • n. Liveliness of imagination; vigor of fancy; force of sentiment or expression; capacity for ardor and zeal; animation; vivacity.
  • n. Subjection to evil effects of any kind; especially, overwhelming trouble; severe trial: used with reference to the old or savage practice of trial or torture by fire, and especially to the passing through the fire to Moloch mentioned in the Bible: as, to pass through or be subjected to the fires of affliction.
  • n. [⟨ fire, v. t., 6.] The firing or discharge of firearms; the discharge of a number of firearms, as rifles, muskets, or cannon, from a body of troops, a battery, or the like: as, to be under fire; to silence the enemy's fire; enfilade and ricochet fire, etc.
  • n. A fire kindled with the object of leading a ship to destruction; a false or misleading beacon.
  • n. A fire burning chiefly in the interior of the mass of fuel, so as to avoid waste of the coal by combustion on the outside, where it is not in contact with the metal. For the common blacksmith's fire semi-bituminous coal is preferred.
  • n. Figuratively, to make fiery; inflame; excite violently.
  • n. Figuratively, to become inflamed; be violently excited or aroused.
  • To set on fire; enkindle: as, to fire a house or a chimney; to fire a pile.
  • To expose to the action of fire; prepare by the application of heat; bake: as, to fire pottery; to fire a slack of bricks.
  • To inflame; irritate the feelings or passions of: as, to fire one with anger or revenge.
  • To animate; give life or spirit to.
  • To drive out or away by fire.
  • To subject to explosion or explosive force by the application of fire (usually in the form of a spark, variously produced); discharge, send forth, or break up by explosion: as, to fire a gun or pistol; to fire a cannon-ball or a shell; to fire a blast or a mine.
  • To throw as a missile.
  • In veterinary surgery, to cauterize.
  • To illuminate strongly; make to shine as if on fire.
  • To eject, dismiss, or expel forcibly or peremptorily: commonly with out. See to fire out
  • below.
  • To eject, expel, or dismiss forcibly or peremptorily; discharge from employment; bounce: in allusion to the discharge of a cannon-ball.
  • To take fire; be kindled.
  • To be or become heated, irritated, or inflamed: as, his feet fire easily in walking.
  • To become excited; become irritated or inflamed with passion. See to fire up , below.
  • To discharge artillery or firearms: as, they fired on the town.
  • To discharge or throw a missile or missiles.
  • To ring all the bells in a peal at once.
  • To become irritated or angry; fly into a passion.
  • In geology, to break out in flames or incandescent gases: said of volcanoes.

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

  • v. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  • n. fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking
  • v. bake in a kiln so as to harden
  • v. provide with fuel
  • n. intense adverse criticism
  • v. start firing a weapon
  • n. the event of something burning (often destructive)
  • n. a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning
  • v. drive out or away by or as if by fire
  • n. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
  • v. go off or discharge
  • n. feelings of great warmth and intensity
  • v. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
  • n. a severe trial
  • n. the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
  • n. the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
  • v. cause to go off
  • v. destroy by fire

Etymologies

Middle English fir, from Old English fȳr; see paəwr̥ in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English fier, from Old English fȳr ("fire"), from West Germanic *fuïr, a regularised form of Proto-Germanic *fōr (“fire”) (compare Saterland Frisian Fjuur, West Frisian fjoer, Dutch vuur, Low German Für, German Feuer, Danish fyr), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *péh₂ur (compare Hittite 𒉺𒀪𒄯 (paḫḫur), Umbrian pir, Tocharian A/B por/puwar, Czech pȳř ("hot ashes"), Ancient Greek πῦρ (pŷr, "fire"), Armenian հուր (hur, "fire")) and perhaps Albanian prush ("embers"). This was an inanimate noun whose animate counterpart was Proto-Indo-European *h₁ngʷnis, *h₁ngʷni-. (Wiktionary)

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  • 15 hours ago.. guess hernesheir's a crispy critter by now. :(

    June 27, 2011

  • Would some one put me out? I'm on fire.

    June 27, 2011

  • It burns!

    December 19, 2007

  • Seethes with heat and power.

    December 19, 2007