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
3 : to send an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message to or about

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Verb

flamer noun

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Synonyms: Noun

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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 Aidy Bryant is cozying up to new flames in a series of first-look photos from season 2 of her hit Hulu comedy Shrill. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "See Aidy Bryant in first Shrill season 2 photos," 4 Nov. 2019 This year, similar hurricane-force winds were driving the flames in Northern California, with the highest gusts in Sonoma county reaching a whopping 93 mph Sunday, meteorologists said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "California's getting scorched again. Here's how these fires compare to previous years," 28 Oct. 2019 The pickup went airborne, landed off the road and exploded into flames. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Truck driver gets 20 days for crash that killed Minnesota man," 28 Oct. 2019 Bengaluru’s suburban lakes now regularly burst into flames or erupt in towers of toxic foam. The Economist, "Three challengesEnvironmental, educational and administrative gridlock threaten India’s future," 24 Oct. 2019 In April, surveillance footage from a Shanghai parking garage showed smoke billowing from a Model S moments before the car burst into flames. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Florida man died in a burning Tesla because its futuristic doors wouldn’t open, lawsuit alleges," 23 Oct. 2019 Fire crews were overwhelmed by the flames in the Mount Lebanon region early Tuesday, forcing the Interior Ministry to send riot police with engines equipped with water cannons to help. Hassan Ammar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon, Syria," 15 Oct. 2019 In Los Angeles on Friday, helicopters made repeated water drops as crews attacked flames in and around homes. Water- and retardant-dropping airplanes joined the battle after daybreak. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "California wildfires rage on, killing 1 and sparking widespread evacuations of 100,000 residents," 12 Oct. 2019 Helicopters made repeated water drops as crews in Los Angeles attacked flames in and around homes. Water- and retardant-dropping airplanes joined the battle after daybreak. BostonGlobe.com, "Police Chief Michel Moore said mandatory evacuations encompassed about 100,000 people in over 20,000 homes.," 12 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some set up flaming barricades in the streets, torching cars and trash cans. Time, "Police and Protesters Clash in Catalonia for a Third Consecutive Night," 17 Oct. 2019 In clashes with Catalan and national police, rioters hid behind flaming barricades and threw bottles and heavy objects at them. Washington Post, "Violent protests rock Catalonia following conviction of separatist leaders," 17 Oct. 2019 The demonstrations were largely peaceful, but after the vote, small groups of protesters clashed with police, throwing firebombs and setting up flaming barricades. Fox News, "Argentina Senate rejects bill legalizing elective abortions," 9 Aug. 2018 Gale-force winds flamed embers that descended on the foothill town of Paradise and created a storm of fire that claimed 86 lives and an estimated 14,000 homes. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Paradise High returns to the football field, providing a devastated town with hope," 22 Aug. 2019 Lareau classifies the flaming whirlwind in Redding as a true firenado. Wired, "Behold the Firenado's Twisting, Infernal Column of Flames," 28 Aug. 2019 Dousing cigarettes with water or sand is the best way to put out flaming cigarette butts or ashes, officials said. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Golf Fire in Lake County sparked by discarded cigarette," 10 Aug. 2019 Aviators can't use autopilot in trying conditions that can range from thermals rising out of flaming forests to flying low through mountain ranges. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Firefighting planes and their crews spotlighted at EAA AirVenture," 27 July 2019 An illustration in a 13th-century German psalter, for example, shows a Christian angel using a sword to force infidels into the gate of hell, represented as a monster with a gaping, flaming mouth. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "‘Medieval Monsters’ exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art surveys images used to inspire fear, hatred and wonder," 1 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of flame was in the 14th century

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flame

noun
How to pronounce flame (audio)

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
literary : to feel or express strong or angry emotion
literary : to shine brightly

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

Medical Definition of flame

: to cleanse or sterilize by fire

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