flame

noun
\ ˈflām How to pronounce flame (audio) \

Definition of flame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

flame

verb
flamed; flaming

Definition of flame (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to burn with a flame : blaze
2a : to burst or break out violently or passionately flaming with indignation
b : to send an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message
3 : to shine brightly : glow color flaming up in her cheeks

transitive verb

1 : to send or convey by means of flame flame a message by signal fires
2 : to treat or affect with flame: such as
a : to sear, sterilize, or destroy by fire
b : flambé
3 : to send an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message to or about

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Verb

flamer noun

Synonyms for flame

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of flame in a Sentence

Noun the flame of a candle We built a fire and roasted marshmallows over the flames. They tried to put out the fire, but the flames grew higher. The engine burst into flame. Verb A fire flamed in the oven. The sun flamed through the clouds. color flaming in her cheeks
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Over several weeks, the operation grew to a scale rarely seen before: Thousands of personnel were deployed, as well as hundreds of bulldozers, aircraft and other equipment, along with millions of gallons of water and flame retardant. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Teioe claims this space heater heats to up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit within three seconds and boasts a few safety properties, like the flame-retardant materials comprising its shell. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, 25 Feb. 2021 Deep in the heart of America burns a flame lit almost 250 years ago of liberty, freedom and equality. Ayushi Agarwal, ABC News, 6 Jan. 2022 Deep in the heart of America burns a flame lit almost 250 years ago -- of liberty, freedom, and equality. CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 Deep in the heart of America burns a flame lit almost 250 years ago of liberty, freedom and equality. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 Firing employees on Zoom and impersonating a customer to impress potential investors were the sparks behind some of this year’s most notable career flame-outs. Jena Mcgregor, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 But a wildfire is like holding a flame to that cube. Matt Simon, Wired, 4 Jan. 2022 Also in the garden is an ancient Aleppo pine, African coral trees, a large ficus tree from India, fan palms, a Hollywood juniper, a flame-thrower palm and a bull horn acacia. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And political fights for compensation to pay for access in tenant and indigent health care laws, particularly involving undocumented residents, may be used to flame more racial outrage among the conservative base. Nathan Newman, The Week, 25 June 2021 Hosted by Kenan Thompson, the comedy special opens up the floor for Joe, Nick, and Kevin to bash and flame each other in a way only siblings can. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2021 The news media speculated that the city's artificial lights lured in grasshoppers like moths to flame. Joshua Sokol New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 That led one local fan to hilariously flame Agholor while recounting the events of an actual fire. Khari Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Mar. 2021 The Olympus BioScapes International Imaging Competition provides a selection of photographs that flame off our pages each December in riotous color. Scientific American, 16 Mar. 2021 From Californian poppy orange and Granny Smith green to flame red rust, even the more muted colors — think buttermilk yellow and gentle olive — make an impact. Georgia Murray, refinery29.com, 5 Feb. 2021 These vortices feature upright columns of vigorously rotating ash, smoke, and often flame. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 14 Sep. 2020 In the images, the masked man can be seen handling a police vehicle’s gas tank and later sitting and posing near the flaming SUV. Fox News, 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of flame

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for flame

Noun

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 entry 1

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22 Jan 2022

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“Flame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flame. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for flame

flame

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the hot, glowing gas that can be seen when a fire is burning
: a state of burning brightly
: strongly felt emotion

flame

verb

English Language Learners Definition of flame (Entry 2 of 2)

: to burn with a flame : to produce a flame
: to feel or express strong or angry emotion
: to shine brightly : glow

flame

noun
\ ˈflām How to pronounce flame (audio) \

Kids Definition of flame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the glowing gas that makes up part of a fire the flame of a candle
2 : a state of burning brightly The sticks burst into flame.
3 : strongly felt emotion

flame

verb
flamed; flaming

Kids Definition of flame (Entry 2 of 2)

: to burn with or as if with a flame a torch flaming

flame

transitive verb
\ ˈflām How to pronounce flame (audio) \
flamed; flaming

Medical Definition of flame

: to cleanse or sterilize by fire

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