fire

fire [fīr]
n.
[ME fyr < OE, akin to Ger feuer < IE base * pewōr- > Gr pyra, PYRE, Czech pýř, glowing embers]
1. the active principle of burning, characterized by the heat and light of combustion
2. fuel burning in a furnace, fireplace, etc.
3. an instance of burning that is undesired, uncontrolled, and destructive [a forest fire]
4. any preparation that will burn and make a brilliant display [Greek fire]
5.
a) anything like fire, as in heat or brilliance
b) firelike brilliance
6. death, torture, or trial by burning
7. extreme suffering or distress that tries one's endurance; tribulation or ordeal
8. a feverish or inflamed condition of the body
9. strong feeling; excitement; ardor [a speech full of fire]
10. vivid imagination
11.
a) a discharge of firearms or artillery; shooting
b) anything like this in speed and continuity of action [a fire of criticism]
vt.
fired, firing [ME firen < OE fyrian]
1. to apply fire to; make burn; ignite
2. to supply with fuel; tend the fire of [to fire a furnace]
3. to bake (bricks, pottery, etc.) in a kiln
4. to dry by heat
5. to make bright or illuminate, as if by fire
6.
a) to animate or inspire
b) to excite, stimulate, or inflame: often with up
7.
a) to shoot or discharge (a gun, bullet, etc.)
b) to make explode by igniting
8. to hurl or direct with force and suddenness [fire a rock, fire questions ]
9. [pun on discharge] to dismiss from a position; discharge
vi.
1. to start burning; flame
2. to tend a fire
3. to become excited or aroused
4. to react in a specified way to firing in a kiln [a glaze that fires bright blue]
5. to shoot a firearm
6. to discharge a projectile [the gun fired]
7. to become yellow prematurely, as corn or grain
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between two fires
between two attacks; shot at, criticized, etc. from both sides
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catch on fire or catch fire
to begin burning; ignite
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fire away
Informal to begin; start, esp. to talk or ask questions
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fire up
1. to start a fire in a furnace, stove, etc.
2. to start or warm up (an engine, etc.)
3. to become suddenly angry
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go through fire and water
to undergo great difficulties or dangers
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miss fire
1. to fail to fire, as a gun
2. to fail in an attempt
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on fire
1. burning
2. greatly excited; full of ardor
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open fire
1. to begin to shoot
2. to begin; start
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play with fire
to do something risky
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set fire to
to make burn; ignite
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set the world on fire
to become famous through brilliant achievements
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strike fire
to make a spark, as with tinder
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take fire
1. to begin to burn
2. to become excited
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under fire
1. under attack, as by gunfire
2. subjected to criticism, etc.
firer
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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