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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

Other Words from flame


flamer noun

Synonyms for flame

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Visible from Highway 1, the Sea Ranch Chapel looks like a swirl of wood in the shape of a candle flame. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 But she is fascinated by such spiritual and artistic concepts as The Abyss, and how creative minds have traditionally been drawn to stare into it, like moths to a fatal flame. Tom Lanham, SPIN, 3 May 2022 The good news is that Noma’s gravitational pull has drawn promising chefs from around the world to Copenhagen like moths to a three-Michelin-star flame. Bon Appétit, 3 May 2022 The best versions take two days, with ingredients simmered, slowly over a low flame until the meat falls away from the bone at the touch of a tongue. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Instead of heating each individual pan with a flame below it, steam from the engine boiled the liquid in the first pan. Ainissa Ramirez, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 Wash well and warm over a low flame or in the oven until pliable. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 24 Apr. 2022 The two products, which are still under development, can be hung in homes, spreading mosquito-repelling chemicals for up to 10 months without the need for electricity or a flame. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 That inner turmoil intensifies when James has a chance reunion with Angela (Lela Loren), a high-school flame with embers still glowing over a decade hence. Joshua Alston, Variety, 7 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By eliminating Russian coal, European countries will be forced to compete for replacements on the international market, and the cost of securing energy supplies will likely flame higher. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 Biden decides to flame some TikTok dancers (Aristotle Athari) via his Finsta account, before getting confused over a pro-Russian commercial. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, 30 Jan. 2022 And political fights for compensation to pay for access in tenant and indigent health care laws, particularly involving undocumented residents, may be used to flame more racial outrage among the conservative base. Nathan Newman, The Week, 25 June 2021 Hosted by Kenan Thompson, the comedy special opens up the floor for Joe, Nick, and Kevin to bash and flame each other in a way only siblings can. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2021 The news media speculated that the city's artificial lights lured in grasshoppers like moths to flame. Joshua Sokol New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 That led one local fan to hilariously flame Agholor while recounting the events of an actual fire. Khari Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Mar. 2021 The Olympus BioScapes International Imaging Competition provides a selection of photographs that flame off our pages each December in riotous color. Scientific American, 16 Mar. 2021 From Californian poppy orange and Granny Smith green to flame red rust, even the more muted colors — think buttermilk yellow and gentle olive — make an impact. Georgia Murray, refinery29.com, 5 Feb. 2021 See More

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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 entry 1

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10 May 2022

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\ 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


flamed; flaming

Kids Definition of flame (Entry 2 of 2)

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


transitive verb
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flamed; flaming

Medical Definition of flame

: to cleanse or sterilize by fire

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