from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heap of combustibles for burning a corpse as a funeral rite.
- n. A pile of combustibles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A funeral pile; a combustible heap on which corpses are burned.
- n. Any heap or pile of combustibles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A funeral pile; a combustible heap on which the dead are burned; hence, any pile to be burnt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pile or heap of wood or other combustible materials for burning a dead body; a funeral pile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite
A great funeral pyre is built and set ablaze, while his many followers watch.
If our own funeral pyre is to blaze in triumph above the ashes of a ruined Germany, it will be small comfort that we have destroyed their dreams of conquest.
The pyre was a single torch burning to its socket, by whose light I saw his face alone.
The coffin is placed on the pyre, which is lighted by relatives, the occasion being considered one for rejoicing rather than mourning.
He is actually on the pyre, which is kindled, when the pagan hold Luiserne is stormed by a pirate king, and Vivien is rescued, but sold as a slave.
The pyre is the most spectacular of dozens of temporary funeral buildings at the site, a
(The corpses, followed by the CHILDREN of the slain chieftains, are carried off to the pyre which is kindled within the sight of the persons on the stage.)
The bedroom was an inferno now, the bed like a kind of pyre in the centre of it.
And with the third mention of the word "pyre," David's legs went weak and something seemed to catch in his throat.
For example: instead of writing something like "As men with wooden stakes and kindling began approaching the congressional offices, the senator from Delaware became anxious," try writing "As men with wooden stakes and kindling set a pyre outside her office, the Senator worried the top of her brow with a finger and looked slightly away from the window."