noun \ˈflām\

: the hot, glowing gas that can be seen when a fire is burning

: a state of burning brightly

: strongly felt emotion

Full Definition of FLAME

:  the glowing gaseous part of a fire
a :  a state of blazing combustion <the car burst into flame>
b :  a condition or appearance suggesting a flame or burning: as
(1) :  burning zeal or passion (2) :  a strong reddish-orange color
:  the memory, reputation, or beliefs of a deceased person; broadly :  memory <keeper of the flame>
:  an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message

Examples of FLAME

  1. the flame of a candle
  2. We built a fire and roasted marshmallows over the flames.
  3. They tried to put out the fire, but the flames grew higher.
  4. The engine burst into flame.

Origin of FLAME

Middle English flaume, flaumbe, from Anglo-French flame (from Latin flamma) & flambe, flamble, from Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma flame; akin to Latin flagrare to burn — more at black
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with FLAME



: to burn with a flame : to produce a flame

: to feel or express strong or angry emotion

: to shine brightly


Full Definition of FLAME

intransitive verb
:  to burn with a flame :  blaze
a :  to burst or break out violently or passionately <flaming with indignation>
b :  to send an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message
:  to shine brightly :  glow <color flaming up in her cheeks>
transitive verb
:  to send or convey by means of flame <flame a message by signal fires>
:  to treat or affect with flame: as
a :  to sear, sterilize, or destroy by fire
b :  flambé
:  to send an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message to or about
flam·er noun

Examples of FLAME

  1. A fire flamed in the oven.
  2. The sun flamed through the clouds.
  3. color flaming in her cheeks

First Known Use of FLAME

14th century


transitive verb \ˈflām\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FLAME

:  to cleanse or sterilize by fire
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