Essential Meaning of fire
1 : the light and heat and especially the flame produced by burning Stay away from the fire.
2 : an occurrence in which something burns : the destruction of something (such as a building or a forest) by fire The shack was destroyed by a fire. Two people died in that terrible fire. See More ExamplesHow did the fire start? Police think he set a fire [=deliberately started a fire] in the bedroom. Firefighters put the fire out. = Firefighters put out the fire. [=firefighters stopped the fire from burning] The shack caught (on) fire [=began to burn] when it was struck by lightning. Someone set fire to the shack. [=deliberately caused the shack to burn]
3 : a controlled occurrence of fire created by burning something (such as wood or gas) in a special area (such as in a fireplace or stove) We warmed our hands over the fire. She built a fire in the fireplace. The fire went out and he had to light it again.
Full Definition of fire
(Entry 1 of 4)
2a : fuel in a state of combustion (as on a hearth) warmed his hands at the crackling fire
b British : a small gas or electric space heater
3a : a destructive burning (as of a building) The shack was destroyed by a fire.
b(1) : death or torture by fire He confessed under threat of the fire.
(2) : severe trial or ordeal He had proved himself in the fire of battle.
5a : the firing of weapons (such as firearms, artillery, or missiles) The troops were ordered to cease fire. [=stop shooting] They opened fire on [=began shooting at] the enemy. also : the bullets, shells, etc., that are discharged The soldiers endured heavy fire. — see also friendly fire — compare counterfire
b : intense verbal attack or criticism His remarks have provoked heavy fire from his political opponents.
c : a rapidly delivered series (as of remarks)
on fireunder fire
1 : being consumed by fire : aflame The house was on fire.
1 : exposed to fire from an enemy's weapons The soldier showed courage under fire.
2 : under attack The company has come under fire for its discriminatory hiring policies.
Definition of fire (Entry 2 of 4)
b(1) : to give life or spirit to : inspire the description fired his imagination
(2) : to fill with passion or enthusiasm —often used with up
c : to light up as if by fire
d : to cause to start operating —usually used with up fired up the engine
2a : to drive out or away by or as if by fire
b : to dismiss from a position
b : to throw with speed or force fired the ball to first base fire a left jab
c : to utter with force and rapidity
4 : to apply fire or fuel to: such as
a : to process by applying heat fire pottery
b : to feed or serve the fire of fire a boiler
b : to begin operation : start the engine fired
c : to operate especially as the result of the application of an electrical impulse the spark plug fires
2a : to become irritated or angry —often used with up
b : to become filled with excitement or enthusiasm
3a : to discharge a firearm fire at close range
b : to emit or let fly an object
4 : to tend a fire
5 : to transmit a nerve impulse the rate at which a neuron fires
Definition of FIRE (Entry 3 of 4)
finance, insurance, and real estate
Definition of Fire (Entry 4 of 4)
Andrew Zachary 1959– American geneticist
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