\ˈflām \

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, honey, love, squeeze [slang], sweet, sweetheart, sweetie, 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

At one point, fire officials said, flames were shooting through the roof of the 150-foot brick building used for storage and mechanical repairs. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two-alarm fire damages Maynard Steel in Milwaukee," 14 July 2018 One person was hospitalized Friday afternoon after flames ripped through a mobile home in Lakeside just south of Lake Jennings, authorities said. Alex Riggins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fire tears through Lakeside mobile home," 13 July 2018 Firefighters arrived to find flames on the roof of the structure and were able to quickly get it under control. Melissa Neeley, Cincinnati.com, "Fireworks may be to blame for sparking garage fire," 8 July 2018 Police and firefighters arrived to investigate and were evacuating the area when the line exploded shortly after 7 p.m. The blast ignited four-story-high flames that burned long into the night and belched a smoke plume visible for miles. Todd Richmond, BostonGlobe.com, "Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison," 12 July 2018 Police and firefighters arrived to investigate and were evacuating the area when an explosion occurred shortly after 7 p.m. The blast ignited four-story-high flames that burned long into the night and belched a smoke plume visible for miles. Washington Post, "First black female mayor of San Francisco is sworn in," 12 July 2018 After an historic Rittenhouse apartment building went up in flames, its owner was able to restore the beat-up gem to its former glory. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pickleball takes over the Jersey Shore, Pa. Supreme Court donations in question | Morning Newsletter," 12 July 2018 In 1973, the UpStairs Lounge, a bar in the French Quarter here, went up in flames one hot summer night. New York Times, "A Fire Killed 32 at a New Orleans Gay Bar. This Artist Didn’t Forget.," 9 July 2018 Fire trucks responded to the 5200 block of Lescot Lane around 6 a.m. and discovered the home engulfed in flames and the roof collapsed, said spokeswoman Ashley Papagni. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "9-year-old girl dies in Orlando house fire, grandmother severely burned, officials say," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The flash sheets, taped to the front desk, featured designs by the staff at Armageddon: skulls, black cats, flaming hearts with swords piercing them, spiders, roses, jellyfish, an upside-down bat and a unicorn smoking a cigar. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "Friday the 13th, a ‘Tattoo Holiday’," 13 July 2018 Activists set up flaming roadblocks, bringing travel around the city to a stand-still. Amanda Erickson, Anchorage Daily News, "Unrest in Haiti leaves dozens of American church groups stranded and unable to leave," 9 July 2018 Lately, this misconception has been flamed by the popular DNA genetic testing kit 23andMe, which tests for a gene associated with Alzheimer’s risk. Mark Rudin, idahostatesman, "At Boise State, Idaho’s only Alzheimer’s researchers labor to grasp a growing disease," 14 June 2018 Some participants throw stones and launch kites with flaming rags attached in hopes of setting Israeli agricultural fields on fire. Hana Salah, latimes.com, "For Hamas, the deadly protests against Israel are a welcome diversion," 25 May 2018 Protesters also set fire to a tax office in the Tabarre area of the capital and set up barricades of flaming tires and debris around Port-au-Prince. BostonGlobe.com, "General strike, unrest over fuel prices continue in Haiti," 10 July 2018 In other incidents, the military said Palestinian crowds rolled burning tires, hurled rocks and flew kites with flaming objects attached with the goal of damaging the fence and other Israeli targets. Fares Akram, chicagotribune.com, "3 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli troops at Gaza border," 27 Apr. 2018 Powered by the wind from the Mediterranean Sea, hundreds of flaming kites and explosive balloons have swept into Israel and started some 450 fires that have burned thousands of acres of farmland and nature reserves. NBC News, "Israeli border communities fearful of Palestinian protests and threats of fire," 28 June 2018 Discussing ways to combat the kite terror, Ariel said those who launch flaming kites should be targeted by the military. Nikki Guttman, Jewish Journal, "IDF photos prove Hamas is behind Gaza kite terrorism," 26 June 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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Phrases Related to flame

burst/explode into flames

eternal flame

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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

: to feel or express strong or angry emotion

: 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

\ˈflām \
flamed; flaming

Medical Definition of flame 

: to cleanse or sterilize by fire

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