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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 bodies were found inside the trailer where the fire began, and the flames had spread to another trailer and a vehicle before being contained by emergency crews. Washington Post, "Woman, 3 children missing in deadly mobile home fire," 6 July 2019 The flight was on its way from New York’s JFK Airport to London Heathrow according to the Associated Press, but was forced to land at Boston’s Logan Airport after smoke and flames started emanating from a passenger seat. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Burning battery pack forces emergency landing of Virgin flight," 5 July 2019 At least five vehicles in a Huntington Beach carport caught fire late Thursday night, with the flames eventually spreading to the townhouse units above, according to the Huntington Beach Fire Department. Ktla, latimes.com, "Huntington Beach carport fire damages cars, townhomes and displaces five people," 5 July 2019 According to an incident page, the flames scorched two acres and threatened homes, but no structures were damaged. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire starts near homeless encampment, threatens Skyline homes," 4 July 2019 Two barrel warehouses filled with bourbon caught fire Tuesday night, with firefighters trying to contain the flames still burning in a facility holding about 45,000 barrels of Jim Beam. The Washington Post, al.com, "Watch as Jim Beam warehouse burns in Kentucky," 3 July 2019 Multiple fireworks ignited on the deck, lighting the home’s siding on fire, but the flames did not reach the interior, the chiefs said. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Man injured, home damaged by illegal fireworks in Taunton," 3 July 2019 The flames triggered thousands of evacuations, caused millions of dollars in damage to the local economy and shut down the San Juan National Forest for the first time in its 113-year history. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "416 fire was started by Durango & Silverton train, federal investigation finds," 2 July 2019 Flambé the pan by adding the pisco and cook until flame subsides. National Geographic, "“Aji Amarillo” Marinated Grilled Pork Loin," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chrissy Teigen may be known for her flaming hot social media burns, but the queen of comebacks was no match for super spicy wings. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Chrissy Teigen Says She Went to the Hospital After Eating Spicy Wings on ‘Hot Ones’—How Does That Happen?," 26 June 2019 Notre Dame cathedral held its first Mass since a devastating fire ripped through the iconic Parisian landmark, two months to the day that flames engulfed the church. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Notre Dame Cathedral Hosts First Mass 2 Months After Devastating Fire," 15 June 2019 Their red, white, and blue chutes circle over the flaming forest like tiny moths riding the drafts above a campfire, each man deftly maneuvering his wing in the wind. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in," 12 June 2019 Swift then throws her flaming phone on her bed — perhaps a comment on society's current addiction with technology and social media. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Taylor Swift releases star-studded video for "You Need To Calm Down," challenging anti-LGBTQ beliefs," 17 June 2019 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

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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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