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flame

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noun \ ˈflām \

Definition of flame

1 :the glowing gaseous part of a fire
2 a :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

Examples of flame in a Sentence

  1. the flame of a candle

  2. We built a fire and roasted marshmallows over the flames.

  3. They tried to put out the fire, but the flames grew higher.

  4. The engine burst into flame.

Recent Examples of flame from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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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flame

verb

Definition of flame

flamed; flaming
intransitive verb
1 :to burn with a flame :blaze
2 a :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

flamer

noun

Examples of flame in a Sentence

  1. A fire flamed in the oven.

  2. The sun flamed through the clouds.

  3. color flaming in her cheeks

Recent Examples of flame from the Web

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First Known Use of flame

14th century



FLAME Defined for English Language Learners

flame

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noun

Definition of flame for English Language Learners

  • : the hot, glowing gas that can be seen when a fire is burning

  • : a state of burning brightly

  • : strongly felt emotion


flame

verb

Definition of flame for English Language Learners

  • : to burn with a flame : to produce a flame

  • : to feel or express strong or angry emotion

  • : to shine brightly


FLAME Defined for Kids

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flame

play
noun \ ˈflām \

Definition of flame for Students

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

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flame

verb

Definition of flame for Students

flamed; flaming
:to burn with or as if with a flame
  • a torch flaming

Medical Dictionary

flame

play
transitive verb \ ˈflām \

medical Definition of flame

flamed; flaming
:to cleanse or sterilize by fire


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