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fire - Dictionary definition and meaning for word fire

Definition
(noun) the event of something burning (often destructive)
Example Sentence
  • they lost everything in the fire

Definition
(noun) the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
Synonyms : firing
Example Sentence
  • hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes
  • they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire

Definition
(noun) the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
Synonyms : flame , flaming
Example Sentence
  • fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries

Definition
(noun) a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning
Example Sentence
  • they sat by the fire and talked

Definition
(noun) once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
Definition
(noun) feelings of great warmth and intensity
Synonyms : ardor , ardour , fervency , fervidness , fervor , fervour
Example Sentence
  • he spoke with great ardor

Definition
(noun) fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking
Example Sentence
  • put the kettle on the fire
  • barbecue over an open fire

Definition
(noun) a severe trial
Example Sentence
  • he went through fire and damnation

Definition
(noun) intense adverse criticism
Synonyms : attack , blast , flack , flak
Example Sentence
  • Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party
  • the government has come under attack
  • don't give me any flak

Definition
(verb) start firing a weapon
Synonyms : open fire

Definition
(verb) cause to go off
Synonyms : discharge
Example Sentence
  • fire a gun
  • fire a bullet

Definition
(verb) bake in a kiln so as to harden
Example Sentence
  • fire pottery

Definition
(verb) terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
Example Sentence
  • The boss fired his secretary today
  • The company terminated 25% of its workers

Definition
(verb) go off or discharge
Synonyms : discharge , go off
Example Sentence
  • The gun fired

Definition
(verb) drive out or away by or as if by fire
Example Sentence
  • The soldiers were fired
  • Surrender fires the cold skepticism

Definition
(verb) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
Synonyms : arouse , elicit , enkindle , evoke , kindle , provoke , raise
Example Sentence
  • arouse pity
  • raise a smile
  • evoke sympathy

Definition
(verb) destroy by fire
Synonyms : burn , burn down
Example Sentence
  • They burned the house and his diaries

Definition
(verb) provide with fuel
Synonyms : fuel
Example Sentence
  • Oil fires the furnace

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