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
b : flambé
3 : to send an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message to or about

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Other Words from flame

Verb

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

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

Others shared a similar, lingering anxiety about the flames and questions about whether the tinderbox conditions would continue next summer. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘This town is just exhausted’: Cooper Landing wrestles with aftermath of a summer lost to wildfire," 15 Sep. 2019 When officers arrived, the SUV was fully engulfed in flames and the driver was stuck inside the vehicle. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Two dead in wrong-way crash on Hwy. 85 in Mountain View," 13 Sep. 2019 Absent flame or smoke, stained glass explodes in silence, fractal scales of angel damsel rainbow parrot. Barbara Kingsolver, Time, "Read ‘Great Barrier,’ Barbara Kingsolver’s Wrenching Ode to Our Planet," 12 Sep. 2019 The building in question is still standing, although appears seared by flames and smoke. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Worker hospitalized after flash fire chars Channelview business," 10 Sep. 2019 Rescuers scoured the Georgia coast on Sunday for four missing crew members of a cargo ship that overturned and caught fire, but the efforts ran into trouble amid the flames and instability of the ship, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Fox News, "Rescue crews search for crew members aboard overturned cargo ship, concerns about stability," 9 Sep. 2019 Rescuers were searching Sunday for four crew members of a cargo ship that overturned and caught fire near a port on the Georgia coast, but the efforts ran into trouble amid the flames and instability of the ship, the U.S. Coast Guard said. CBS News, "At least 4 missing after cargo ship overturns and catches fire near Georgia port," 8 Sep. 2019 Heavy smoke and flames consumed the mobile home and a car in the driveway. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Woman hospitalized in fire that fully engulfs mobile home," 5 Sep. 2019 The blast hit close to Green Village, a large compound used by staff of international organizations, sending a column of smoke and flame into the sky. NBC News, "Taliban claims blast in Afghan capital as draft peace deal with U.S. agreed," 2 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Gale-force winds flamed embers that descended on the foothill town of Paradise and created a storm of fire that claimed 86 lives and an estimated 14,000 homes. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Paradise High returns to the football field, providing a devastated town with hope," 22 Aug. 2019 Lareau classifies the flaming whirlwind in Redding as a true firenado. Wired, "Behold the Firenado's Twisting, Infernal Column of Flames," 28 Aug. 2019 Dousing cigarettes with water or sand is the best way to put out flaming cigarette butts or ashes, officials said. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Golf Fire in Lake County sparked by discarded cigarette," 10 Aug. 2019 Aviators can't use autopilot in trying conditions that can range from thermals rising out of flaming forests to flying low through mountain ranges. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Firefighting planes and their crews spotlighted at EAA AirVenture," 27 July 2019 An illustration in a 13th-century German psalter, for example, shows a Christian angel using a sword to force infidels into the gate of hell, represented as a monster with a gaping, flaming mouth. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "‘Medieval Monsters’ exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art surveys images used to inspire fear, hatred and wonder," 1 Sep. 2019 To this day, Cajuns still light stacks of flaming logs to guide St. Nick down the Mississippi River. Los Angeles Times, "‘Burning Man in the South Bay’: A crazy beach party aglow with bonfires and tradition," 29 Aug. 2019 From pizza and donuts, to French fries, fruits, and even flaming Cheetos, these nails barely miss a snack. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "11 Of The Tastiest Looking Nails On Instagram," 29 Aug. 2019 Remember the photos and videos of the flaming T. rex that went viral last year? Sarah Kuta, The Know, "As the Royal Gorge turns 90, now is the time to visit Cañon City," 27 July 2019

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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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flame

noun

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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