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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


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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Other Words from flame


flamer noun

Synonyms for flame

Synonyms: Noun

beloved, darling, dear, hon, honey, love, squeeze [slang], sweet, sweetheart, sweetie, sweetie pie, truelove

Synonyms: Verb

blaze, burn, combust, glow

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Examples of flame in a Sentence


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.


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

The bus was quickly engulfed in flames as a powerful blast swept through the city streets, blowing out its windows and strewing debris everywhere. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Natural Gas-Powered Bus Explodes After Colliding With Low Tunnel Overpass," 14 Mar. 2019 In 2017, when Mr. Joly’s residence went up in flames, killing five pets but, curiously, not its occupant, the FBI began investigating it as a hate crime. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Boomtown for Hoaxers," 28 Feb. 2019 Right now, the top clip on Reddit is a wild dogfight where a player parachutes out of a plane only to have that plane crash right into the enemy, sending their rival down in flames. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite adds planes and now people are playing it like Battlefield," 6 Dec. 2018 Yet the human toll has been even more stunning: At least 56 people have died in the flames (with over 200 still unaccounted for), making it the single deadliest wildfire in state history. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "Photos: what California’s lethal wildfires look like on the ground," 15 Nov. 2018 There are cities in flames, laser beams coming out a people's eyes, and a baptism pool party. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner is a Golden Goddess Dripping in Diamonds in Travis Scott's New Music Video," 7 Aug. 2018 An Orlando man only left his home for a few minutes early Monday and returned to find the structure in flames, according to a WKMG report. Web Staff, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando man returns home to find house in flames: report," 2 July 2018 Luckily our house did not burn down, but my culinary hopes went up in flames along with the pepperoni and cheese. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How I Conquered the Kitchen and Finally Started Cooking for Myself," 25 Jan. 2019 The gruesome details of Khashoggi’s murder, and the way that Turkey has seemingly fanned the flames despite its own wretched human rights record, have elevated the story to an international level. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The future of transportation is being underwritten by Saudi Arabia," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead of dust, the wind captures the physical aspects of the fire like embers and flaming debris, and sets them spinning. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is a Fire Tornado?," 3 Aug. 2018 Twin masses of flaming, superheated gas act to discipline one another: a system of checks and balances. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Save America From Aunt Sally," 3 Jan. 2019 In a movie that includes hundreds of flying arrows, flaming and otherwise, most are CGI. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How They Made All the Blood and Guts of 'Outlaw King'," 9 Nov. 2018 According to the Post’s report, Owens and her fiance Marquell Sholar leapt to tear Timiyah’s flaming clothes off and spray her down in the bathtub to extinguish the flames. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A "Fire Challenge" Gone Wrong Left a 12-Year-Old With Serious Burns," 21 Aug. 2018 Images of Kiwi’s flaming robot in a public space are unlikely to abate these concerns. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Delivery robot spontaneously bursts into flames in California," 17 Dec. 2018 That following Sunday, the ex-girlfriend's car on Woodland Drive in LaPlace had been set on fire just after 2 a.m. The gas tank was open and leaking flaming fluid. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Kenner man accused of setting fire to ex-girlfriend's car, apartment pleads guilty to arson," 16 July 2017 The helicopters detonate in four bright flares and fall to the desert floor in balls of flaming debris. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What a U.S.-Russian War in Syria Could Look Like," 9 Oct. 2015 Flares light up the sky in southwest Texas’ Reeves County, flames visible for miles as operators there burn more gas than anywhere else in the Permian. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "In America’s Hottest Drilling Spot, Gas Is Going Up in Smoke," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of flame


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for 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

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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



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

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


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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


flamed; flaming

Kids Definition of flame (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Medical Definition of flame

: to cleanse or sterilize by fire

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