['faɪə] or [faɪr]
(noun.) the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; 'hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes'; 'they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire'.
(noun.) a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning; 'they sat by the fire and talked'.
(noun.) intense adverse criticism; 'Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party'; 'the government has come under attack'; 'don't give me any flak'.
(noun.) the event of something burning (often destructive); 'they lost everything in the fire'.
(noun.) a severe trial; 'he went through fire and damnation'.
(noun.) the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke; 'fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries'.
(noun.) fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking; 'put the kettle on the fire'; 'barbecue over an open fire'.
(noun.) once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles).
(verb.) bake in a kiln so as to harden; 'fire pottery'.
(verb.) cause to go off; 'fire a gun'; 'fire a bullet'.
(verb.) go off or discharge; 'The gun fired'.
(verb.) drive out or away by or as if by fire; 'The soldiers were fired'; 'Surrender fires the cold skepticism'.
Checked by Llewellyn--From WordNet
(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; as, the troops were exposed to a heavy fire.
(v. t.) To set on fire; to kindle; as, to fire a house or chimney; to fire a pile.
(v. t.) To subject to intense heat; to bake; to burn in a kiln; as, to fire pottery.
(v. t.) To inflame; to irritate, as the passions; as, to fire the soul with anger, pride, or revenge.
(v. t.) To animate; to give life or spirit to; as, to fire the genius of a young man.
(v. t.) To feed or serve the fire of; as, to fire a boiler.
(v. t.) To light up as if by fire; to illuminate.
(v. t.) To cause to explode; as, to fire a torpedo; to disharge; as, to fire a musket or cannon; to fire cannon balls, rockets, etc.
(v. t.) To drive by fire.
(v. t.) To cauterize.
(v. i.) To take fire; to be kindled; to kindle.
(v. i.) To be irritated or inflamed with passion.
(v. i.) To discharge artillery or firearms; as, they fired on the town.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
n. . Conflagration.. Heat, ardor, fervor.. [Poetical.] Light, lustre, radiance.
v. a. . Kindle, set on fire.. Animate, excite, inspirit, rouse, inflame, stir up.. Discharge, fire off.
v. n. . Take fire, be kindled.. Discharge a gun, discharge firearms.
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Synonyms and Antonyms
Edited by Kitty
n. the heat and light caused by burning: flame: anything burning as fuel in a grate &c.: a conflagration: torture or death by burning: severe trial: anything inflaming or provoking: ardour of passion: vigour: brightness of fancy: enthusiasm: sexual passion.—v.t. to set on fire: to inflame: to irritate: to animate: to cause the explosion of: to discharge.—v.i. to take fire: to be or become irritated or inflamed: to discharge firearms.—n. Fire′-alarm′ an alarm of fire an apparatus for giving such.—n.pl. Fire′arms arms or weapons which are discharged by fire exploding gunpowder.—ns. Fire′-ar′row a small iron dart or arrow furnished with a combustible for setting fire to ships; Fire′ball a ball filled with combustibles to be thrown among enemies: a meteor; Fire′-balloon′ a balloon carrying a fire placed in the lower part for rarefying the air to make itself buoyant: a balloon sent up arranged to ignite at a certain height; Fire′-bas′ket a portable grate for a bedroom; Fire′-blast a blast or blight affecting plants in which they appear as if scorched by the sun; Fire′-boat a steamboat fitted up to extinguish fires in docks; Fire′box the box or chamber (usually copper) of a steam-engine in which the fire is placed; Fire′brand a brand or piece of wood on fire: one who inflames the passions of others; Fire′brick a brick so made as to resist the action of fire used for lining furnaces &c.; Fire′-brigade′ a brigade or company of men for extinguishing fires or conflagrations; Fire′-buck′et a bucket for carrying water to extinguish a fire; Fire′clay a kind of clay capable of resisting fire used in making firebricks; Fire′cock a cock or spout to let out water for extinguishing fires; Fire′damp a gas carburetted hydrogen in coal-mines apt to take fire and explode when mixed with atmospheric air; Fire′-dog (same as Andiron); Fire′-drake a fiery meteor a kind of firework; Fire′-eat′er a juggler who pretends to eat fire: one given to needless quarrelling a professed duellist; Fire′-en′gine an engine or forcing-pump used to extinguish fires with water; Fire′-escape′ a machine used to enable people to escape from fires.—adj. Fire′-eyed (Shak.) having fiery eyes.—ns. Fire′-flag (Coleridge) Fire′flaught (Swinburne) a flash of lightning; Fire′-fly a name applied to many phosphorescent insects all included with the Coleoptera or beetles some giving forth a steady light others flashing light intermittently (glow-worms &c.); Fire′-guard a framework of wire placed in front of a fireplace.—n.pl. Fire′-ī′rons the irons—poker tongs and shovel—used for a fire.—ns. Fire′light′er a composition of pitch and sawdust or the like for kindling fires; Fire′lock a gun in which the fire is caused by a lock with steel and flint; Fire′man a man whose business it is to assist in extinguishing fires: a man who tends the fires as of a steam-engine; Fire′-mas′ter the chief of a fire-brigade.—adj. Fire′-new new from the fire: brand new: bright.—ns. Fire′-pan a pan or metal vessel for holding fire; Fire′place the place in a house appropriated to the fire: a hearth; Fire′plug a plug placed in a pipe which supplies water in case of fire; Fire′-pol′icy a written instrument of insurance against fire up to a certain amount; Fire′-pot an earthen pot filled with combustibles used in military operations.—adj. Fire′proof proof against fire.—ns. Fire′-proofing the act of rendering anything fireproof: the materials used; Fir′er an incendiary; Fire′-rais′ing the crime of arson.—adj. Fire′-robed (Shak.) robed in fire.—ns. Fire′-screen a screen for intercepting the heat of the fire; Fire′-ship a ship filled with combustibles to set an enemy's vessels on fire; Fire′side the side of the fireplace: the hearth: home.—adj. homely intimate.—ns. Fire′-stick the implement used by many primitive peoples for obtaining fire by friction; Fire′stone a kind of sandstone that bears a high degree of heat; Fire′-wa′ter ardent spirits; Fire′wood wood for burning.—n.pl. Fire′works artificial works or preparations of gunpowder sulphur &c. to be fired chiefly for display or amusement.—ns. Fire′-wor′ship the worship of fire chiefly by the Parsees in Persia and India; Fire′-wor′shipper; Fir′ing a putting fire to: discharge of guns: firewood: fuel: cauterisation; Fir′ing-par′ty a detachment told off to fire over the grave of one buried with military honours or to shoot one sentenced to death; Fir′ing-point the temperature at which an inflammable oil will take fire spontaneously.—Fire off to discharge a shot; Fire out (Shak.) to expel; Fire up to start a fire: to fly into a passion.—Set the Thames on fire to do something striking; Take fire to begin to burn: to become aroused about something.
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Unserious Contents or Definition
Fire is favorable to the dreamer if he does not get burned. It brings continued prosperity to seamen and voyagers, as well as to those on land. To dream of seeing your home burning, denotes a loving companion, obedient children, and careful servants. For a business man to dream that his store is burning, and he is looking on, foretells a great rush in business and profitable results. To dream that he is fighting fire and does not get burned, denotes that he will be much worked and worried as to the conduct of his business. To see the ruins of his store after a fire, forebodes ill luck. He will be almost ready to give up the effort of amassing a handsome fortune and a brilliant business record as useless, but some unforeseen good fortune will bear him up again. If you dream of kindling a fire, you may expect many pleasant surprises. You will have distant friends to visit. To see a large conflagration, denotes to sailors a profitable and safe voyage. To men of literary affairs, advancement and honors; to business people, unlimited success.
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- Have you a fire? Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- While there's a handful of fire or a mouthful of bed in this present roof, you're fully welcome to your share on it. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- With perfect coolness Holmes slipped across to the safe, filled his two arms with bundles of letters, and poured them all into the fire. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- It attracted Mr. Lorry's eyes to Carton's face, which was turned to the fire. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- Will wind, water, fire, lend me a path to Moore? Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- How a living animal obtains its quantity of this fluid, called fire, is a curious question. Benjamin Franklin. Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin.
- There's a fire in there. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- He fired on it and he could hear the spang against the steel. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- The gypsy aimed carefully and fired and as he jerked the bolt back and ejected the shell Robert Jordan said, Over. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- Artillery were out of the question: they were fired now and then, only to show that they had them. Benjamin Franklin. Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin.
- For answer the girl raised her revolver and fired point-blank at him. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.
- These guns for the most part were so heavy that they had to be rested on some object to be fired. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- For a gun is fired close by. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Raising their rifles they fired into the underbrush in the direction from which the missiles had come. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- Heaven was cloudless, and grand with the quiver of its living fires. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- Many of them are aimed at gas, and there are several grim summaries of death and fires due to gas-leaks or explosions. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- How they must have tugged at the pitiless fetters as the fierce fires surged around them! Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- Then the kind hostess conducted her guests to the snug apartments blazing with cheerful fires. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- There were odd little fires playing in his eyes, he seemed to have turned into something wicked and flickering, mocking, suggestive, quite impossible. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- For many precious generations the new-lit fires of the human intelligence were to be seriously banked down by this by-product. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- The fact that the oxygen of the air is diluted as it were with so large a proportion of nitrogen, prevents fires from sweeping over the world and destroying everything in their path. Bertha M. Clark. General Science.
- When you hear firing, he said, come with the horses. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- The Dutch fleet, frozen in the Texel, surrendered to a handful of cavalry without firing its guns. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- In a moment they saw him, and then me; but scarcely had they discovered me than I commenced firing, lying flat upon my belly in the moss. Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Princess of Mars.
- The others all were firing. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- We heard the firing and confusion very plainly here; we none of us slept. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- The enemy ceased firing as soon as we withdrew. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- It suggested that at the time of the firing, the window as well as the door of the room had been open. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
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