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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

Move the flame around consistently so that the heat gets evenly distributed. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "My Cooking Blow Torch Is My New Favorite Kitchen Tool," 28 Mar. 2019 Following an investigation into who started the fire, Casey was allowed to re-enter his building and try to salvage any belongings that weren't destroyed by the flames. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Chicago Fire' Says Goodbye to Another Star After Its Shocking Return," 10 Jan. 2019 The school’s flame-like red and yellow colors couldn’t compare to the fire the Knights’ 20-point win sparked in her. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "A battle for respect, then in the trenches: For Newport’s Jenna Martz, football is feminism," 26 Oct. 2018 Rather than replacing the pretensioner itself, Ford's plan is to remove potentially flammable elements from the B-pillars and add flame-resistant tape, thereby preventing sparks from starting larger fires. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Seat belt fires spark recall of two million Ford F-150 trucks," 6 Sep. 2018 Love is as strong as death ... its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Reverend Michael Curry's sermon added a glowing moral dimension to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.," 19 May 2018 Working-class homes relied on open fire for both heating and cooking, and typical cramped quarters meant kids in their cozy flannelette pajamas were usually no more than a few feet from open flame. Serah-marie Mcmahon, Teen Vogue, "This New Book Is All About the Dark (And Sometimes Bloody) History of Fashion," 12 Apr. 2019 Denise Truscello Dion's incomparable voice and record-breaking career has a flame that will not burn out. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Céline Dion Is L'Oréal’s Newest Global Spokesperson," 2 Apr. 2019 Often found in older couches, mattresses and carpet padding, flame retardant chemicals have been linked to infertility, birth defects, cancer, and immune system problems. Lindsey Campbell, House Beautiful, "19 Dangerous Household Items You Should Quit Using Immediately," 15 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

She is immediately reminded of her best friend's daughter, who opted to wear her Zoya gown down the aisle, a flaming red and hot pink ball gown with a plunging neckline, rather than any traditional ivory confection. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: BAZAAR Bride's First Look at Vera Wang Bride Spring 2020," 12 Apr. 2019 Walker carefully aimed a flaming arrow at a target in her fiancee's mouth, but widely missed the bullseye and nicked his neck. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Watch an "America's Got Talent" Contestant Get Shot With a Flaming Arrow in the Throat," 3 Aug. 2016 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

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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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