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wildfire

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noun wild·fire \-ˌfī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of wildfire

  • : a fire in a wild area (such as a forest) that is not controlled and that can burn a large area very quickly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wildfire

  1. 1 :  a sweeping and destructive conflagration especially in a wilderness or a rural area

  2. 2 :  greek fire

  3. 3 :  a phosphorescent glow (as ignis fatuus or fox fire)

  4. 4 :  a destructive leaf-spot disease of tobacco caused by several strains of a bacterium (Pseudomonas syringae)

like wildfire
  1. :  very rapidly <the news spread like wildfire>

Examples of wildfire in a sentence

  1. The recent wildfires were made worse by the strong winds.



12th Century

First Known Use of wildfire

12th century



WILDFIRE Defined for Kids

wildfire

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noun wild·fire \ˈwīld-ˌfīr\

Definition of wildfire for Students

  1. :  an uncontrollable fire that destroys a wide area





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