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  • Being burned by fire.
  • Achieving good results at a rapid rate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. burning; hence, ardent; passionate; eager; zealous.
  • prep.

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

  • adj. lighted up by or as by fire or flame


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  • One of the firefighters who watched the barn burn and helped to make sure nothing else caught on fire was a downhill-ski-racing, rodeo-riding, honest-to-god rebel cowboy who had moved to Woody Creek from Aspen, back when everyone thought it was the sticks.


  • I skied out past the Pine Creek Cook-house at Ashcroft at three P.M., being one of the last people to see the unoccupied building before it caught on fire due to a gas explosion and burned to the ground forty-five minutes later.

    127 Hours

  • My face on fire from so close a call, I hurried to finish, tossing the curios and keepsakes back into the trunk, intolerant of my native squeamishness as I unhesitantly plucked the shrunken head from the floor.

    The Monstrumologist

  • As the plane neared Detroit the young man, who was only fifteen at the time of the 9/11 attacks, tried to initiate his bomb with the chemical, setting himself on fire and suffering severe burns.

    The Longest War

  • Ever since he set the hallway on fire after dropping his cigarette into a bucket of turpentine, Dad was extremely careful with flammables.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters

  • A gasp of pleasure burst from her lips as he sipped at her nipple and then drew the tight point into his mouth, suckling, laving, tormenting the sensitive peak while the hand between her legs tore at her pantalets, leaving her bare and vulnerable and on fire as he slipped a large, callused finger between her slick folds, finding the ripe tip of her sex.

    The Pleasure Seekers

  • It would have tackled him and set him on fire except that Caithe plunged a powerstone-stiletto into its neck.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • The vessel caught on fire and one crewman was killed.

    The Longest War

  • Hazelwood seems to be on fire and Covedale out of steam as Shuttlesworth drives it hard on the inside, fakes the jump shot, and finger rolls it in for an easy two points.

    Tears of a Tiger

  • Blunt was on fire with passion during these evenings, composing a letter to The Times at the very dining table in support of Arabi Bey, arguing in favour of loosening the control that France and England had over Egyptian affairs, cajoling Sir William, who was of course a friend of the editor of The Times, to put pressure on the paper to publish his letter and support the cause.

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