Definition of Fire

1. Noun. The event of something burning (often destructive). "They lost everything in the fire"

2. Verb. Start firing a weapon.
Exact synonyms: Open Fire
Generic synonyms: Blast, Shoot
Derivative terms: Firing

3. Noun. The act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy. "They retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"

4. Verb. Cause to go off. "Fire a bullet"
Exact synonyms: Discharge
Specialized synonyms: Pop, Let Drive, Let Fly, Loose Off, Blast, Shoot, Fusillade
Causes: Discharge, Go Off
Derivative terms: Discharge, Firing

5. Noun. The process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke. "Fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"
Exact synonyms: Flame, Flaming
Specialized synonyms: Blaze, Blazing, Flare, Ignition
Generic synonyms: Burning, Combustion
Derivative terms: Fiery, Flame, Flame

6. Verb. Bake in a kiln so as to harden. "Fire pottery"
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Bake

7. Noun. A fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning. "They sat by the fire and talked"
Specialized synonyms: Cookfire
Generic synonyms: Fireplace, Hearth, Open Fireplace

8. Verb. Terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position. "The company terminated 25% of its workers"

9. Noun. Once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles).
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Generic synonyms: Element

10. Verb. Go off or discharge. "The gun fired"
Exact synonyms: Discharge, Go Off
Derivative terms: Discharge

11. Noun. Feelings of great warmth and intensity. "He spoke with great ardor"
Exact synonyms: Ardor, Ardour, Fervency, Fervidness, Fervor, Fervour
Generic synonyms: Passion, Passionateness
Specialized synonyms: Zeal
Derivative terms: Fervent, Fervid, Fiery

12. Verb. Drive out or away by or as if by fire. "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"

13. Noun. Fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking. "Barbecue over an open fire"
Generic synonyms: Fuel

14. Verb. Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses). "Evoke sympathy"

15. Noun. A severe trial. "He went through fire and damnation"
Generic synonyms: Trial, Tribulation, Visitation

16. Verb. Destroy by fire. "They fire the trees"; "They burned the house and his diaries"
Exact synonyms: Burn, Burn Down
Related verbs: Burn, Combust, Burn, Incinerate
Specialized synonyms: Backfire, Cremate, Torch, Scorch
Generic synonyms: Destroy, Ruin
Derivative terms: Burn, Burnable

17. Noun. Intense adverse criticism. "Don't give me any flak"
Exact synonyms: Attack, Blast, Flack, Flak
Generic synonyms: Criticism, Unfavorable Judgment
Derivative terms: Attack

18. Verb. Provide with fuel. "Oil fires the furnace"
Exact synonyms: Fuel
Generic synonyms: Furnish, Provide, Render, Supply
Derivative terms: Fuel

Definition of Fire

1. n. The evolution of light and heat in the combustion of bodies; combustion; state of ignition.

2. v. t. To set on fire; to kindle; as, to fire a house or chimney; to fire a pile.

3. v. i. To take fire; to be kindled; to kindle.

Definition of Fire

1. Noun. A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bonding of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smouldering. ¹

2. Noun. Something that has produced or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire. ¹

3. Noun. The often accidental occurrence of fire in a certain place leading to its full or partial destruction. ¹

4. Noun. (uncountable alchemy) One of the four basic elements. ¹

5. Noun. (context: China, India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements). ¹

6. Noun. (countable British) A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire). ¹

7. Noun. The elements necessary to start a fire. ¹

8. Noun. The in-flight bullets or other projectiles shot from a gun. ¹

9. Noun. A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to fire a weapon. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To set (something) on fire. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To heat without setting on fire, as ceramic, metal objects, etc. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To drive away by setting a fire. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), especially for cause (such as misconduct or poor performance). ¹

14. Verb. (transitive) To shoot (a device that launches a projectile or a pulse of stream of something). ¹

15. Verb. (intransitive) To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon. ¹

16. Verb. (transitive sports) To shoot; to attempt to score a goal. ¹

17. Verb. (intransitive physiology) To cause an action potential in a cell. ¹

18. Verb. (transitive) To forcibly direct (something). ¹

19. Verb. (intransitive computer sciences, software engineering) To initiate an event (by means of an event handler) ¹

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Definition of Fire

1. to project by discharging from a gun [v FIRED, FIRING, FIRES] : FIREABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Fire

1. 1. The evolution of light and heat in the combustion of bodies; combustion; state of ignition. The form of fire exhibited in the combustion of gases in an ascending stream or current is called flame. Anciently, fire, air, earth, and water were regarded as the four elements of which all things are composed. 2. Fuel in a state of combustion, as on a hearth, or in stove or a furnace. 3. The burning of a house or town; a conflagration. 4. Anything which destroys or affects like fire. 5. Ardor of passion, whether love or hate; excessive warmth; consumingviolence of temper. "he had fire in his temper.Atterbury." 6. Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm; capacity for ardor and zeal. "And bless their critic with a poet's fire.Pope." 7. Splendor; brilliancy; luster; hence, a star. "Stars, hide your fires.Shak." "As in a zodiac" "representing the heavenly fires.Milton." 8. Torture by burning; severe trial or affliction. 9. The discharge of firearms; firing; as, the troops were exposed to a heavy fire. Blue fire, Red fire, Green fire, the process of softening or cracking the working face of a lode, to facilitate excavation, by exposing it to the action of fire; now generally superseded by the use of explosives. Fire ship, a vessel filled with combustibles, for setting fire to an enemy's ships. Fire shovel, a shovel for taking up coals of fire. Fire stink, the stench from decomposing iron pyrites, caused by the formation of sulphureted hydrogen. Fire surface, the surfaces of a steam boiler which are exposed to the direct heat of the fuel and the products of combustion; heating surface. Fire swab, a swab saturated with water, for cooling a gun in action and clearing away particles of powder, etc. Fire teaser, in England, the fireman of a steam emgine. Fire water, ardent spirits; so called by the American Indians. Fire worship, the worship of fire, which prevails chiefly in Persia, among the followers of Zoroaster, called Chebers, or Guebers, and among the Parsees of India. Greek fire. See Greek. On fire, burning; hence, ardent; passionate; eager; zealous. Running fire, the rapid discharge of firearms in succession by a line of troops. St. Anthony's fire, erysipelas; an eruptive fever which St. Anthony was supposed to cure miraculously. St. Elmo's fire. See Saint Elmo. To set on fire, to inflame; to kindle. To take fire, to begin to burn; to fly into a passion. Origin: OE. Fir, fyr, fur AS. Fr; akin to D. Vuur, OS. & OHG. Fiur, G. Feuer, Icel. Fri, frr, Gr, and perh. To L. Purus pure, E. Pure Cf. Empyrean, Pyre. 1. To set on fire; to kindle; as, to fire a house or chimney; to fire a pile. 2. To subject to intense heat; to bake; to burn in a kiln; as, to fire pottery. 3. To inflame; to irritate, as the passions; as, to fire the soul with anger, pride, or revenge. "Love had fired my mind." (Dryden) 4. To animate; to give life or spirit to; as, to fire the genius of a young man. 5. To feed or serve the fire of; as, to fire a boiler. 6. To light up as if by fire; to illuminate. "[The sun] fires the proud tops of the eastern pines." (Shak) 7. To cause to explode; as, to fire a torpedo; to disharge; as, to fire a musket or cannon; to fire cannon balls, rockets, etc. 8. To drive by fire. "Till my bad angel fire my good one out." (Shak) 9. To cauterize. To fire up, to light up the fires of, as of an engine. Origin: Fired; Fring. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fire

fipple flute
fipple pipe
fir clubmoss
fir clubmosses
fir cone
fir tree
fire (current term)
fire-bellied toad

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