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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dutch ovens are suited for an open flame or bed of hot coals, and from tenderizing venison shoulder to baking cherry cobbler, a cast-iron Dutch oven is about as foolproof as cooking wild game gets. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Dutch Oven," 7 Jan. 2021 All pet owners should familiarize themselves with common fire risks, since these naturally curious creatures can easily get into trouble around an open flame or a hot stove. Laura Lajiness, House Beautiful, "6 Ways to Keep Pets Safe At Home This Winter," 6 Jan. 2021 The War of Liberation, as it was known, lit the flame of German nationalism. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "‘Heinrich Heine’ Review: Song of the Outsider," 18 Dec. 2020 The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Electoral College certifies Biden’s victory, as Trump still refuses to concede," 14 Dec. 2020 Belching jets of flame from its three methane-fueled Raptor engines, the 160-foot-tall rocket climbed straight away into a clear blue sky, thrilling hundreds of spectators and tourists watching from nearby South Padre Island. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches Starship prototype on spectacular test flight, rocket explodes on touchdown," 10 Dec. 2020 One was the most flame projections launched simultaneously in a music concert. chicagotribune.com, "KISS censors lyrics, blood in NYE livestream to dodge strict Dubai obscenity laws," 1 Jan. 2021 Using a blowtorch with a medium flame, toast the meringue until lightly browned all over. Washington Post, "A festive baked Alaska to end your night in a blaze of glory," 28 Dec. 2020 The online claims emerged after TikTok users started a viral trend that many claim to be a Jamaican remedy of burning an orange on an open flame and consuming the flesh of the fruit with brown sugar mixed into it. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Burnt oranges, brown sugar won't restore senses lost to COVID-19," 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These vortices feature upright columns of vigorously rotating ash, smoke, and often flame. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Terrifying Footage of a Chaotic Fire Tornado in California," 14 Sep. 2020 In the images, the masked man can be seen handling a police vehicle’s gas tank and later sitting and posing near the flaming SUV. Fox News, "Chicago man with 'Joker' mask, neck tattoo caught after allegedly setting police car ablaze in George Floyd riot," 3 June 2020 Courtesy of Walmart Increase safety by using a dual-sensor smoke alarm, which detects smoldering and flaming fires by using both a photoelectric and an ionization sensor in one unit. Nicole Bradley, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Best Smoke Detectors to Keep Your Family Safe," 2 June 2020 Warning: Never squirt lighter fluid onto flaming charcoal. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Became a Charcoal Grill Master," 2 May 2020 The protests began early Sunday afternoon in the Causeway Bay shopping district and quickly turned violent, as demonstrators smashed the windows of a subway station in nearby Wan Chai and threw flaming bottles into it. BostonGlobe.com, "The protests began early Sunday afternoon in the Causeway Bay shopping district and quickly turned violent, as demonstrators smashed the windows of a subway station in nearby Wan Chai and threw flaming bottles into it.," 30 Sep. 2019 Pogba's notorious super agent Raiola has been stoking the transfer flames this summer in an attempt to get his client a move, but the Daily Star claim Manchester United have responded by slapping a new £180m price tag on the midfielder. SI.com, "Manchester United Set New Paul Pogba Price Tag After Agent Mino Raiola's Comments," 13 July 2019 The 200-person event, named after the group’s flaming-torch symbol, previously was held in New York City and Washington. BostonGlobe.com, "The old Mar-a-Lago is gone. This is the new Mar-a-Lago.," 23 Nov. 2019 That same robust aesthetic played into dak galbi ssam, a boneless half-chicken flamed on the grill, served with galbi sauce and lettuce leaves for wrapping. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: The Magpie restaurant aims small, scores big with Korean-inspired food on San Antonio’s East Side," 5 Mar. 2020

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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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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Flame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flame. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for flame

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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