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fire

noun (n)

  • the event of something burning (often destructive) (noun.event)
    Example:
    They lost everything in the fire.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy (noun.act)
    Synonym: firing
    Example:
    Hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes.
    They retreated in the face of withering enemy fire.
    source: wordnet30
  • the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke (noun.process)
    Synonym: flame, flaming
    Example:
    Fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries.
    source: wordnet30
  • a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    They sat by the fire and talked.
    source: wordnet30
  • once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles) (noun.substance)
    Synonym: air, earth, water
    source: wordnet30
  • feelings of great warmth and intensity (noun.feeling)
    source: wordnet30
  • fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking (noun.substance)
    Example:
    Put the kettle on the fire.
    Barbecue over an open fire.
    source: wordnet30
  • a severe trial (noun.event)
    Example:
    He went through fire and damnation.
    source: wordnet30
  • intense adverse criticism (noun.communication)
    Synonym: attack, blast, flack, flak
    Example:
    Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party.
    source: wordnet30
  • The evolution of light and heat in the combustion of bodies; combustion; state of ignition. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • start firing a weapon (verb.competition)
    Synonym: open fire
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to go off (verb.competition)
    Synonym: discharge
    Example:
    Fire a gun.
    Fire a bullet.
    source: wordnet30
  • bake in a kiln so as to harden (verb.change)
    Example:
    Fire pottery.
    source: wordnet30
  • terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position (verb.social)
    Example:
    The boss fired his secretary today.
    source: wordnet30
  • go off or discharge (verb.competition)
    Synonym: discharge, go off
    Example:
    The gun fired.
    source: wordnet30
  • drive out or away by or as if by fire (verb.motion)
    Example:
    The soldiers were fired.
    Surrender fires the cold skepticism.
    source: wordnet30
  • call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) (verb.emotion)
    source: wordnet30
  • destroy by fire (verb.change)
    Synonym: burn, burn down
    source: wordnet30
  • provide with fuel (verb.possession)
    Synonym: fuel
    Example:
    Oil fires the furnace.
    source: wordnet30
  • To set on fire; to kindle; as, to fire a house or chimney; to fire a pile. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To take fire; to be kindled; to kindle. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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