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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

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Other Words from flame


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


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

Firefighters were summoned to the intersection of Althea and Sorrento streets just after 1 a.m. to find a 3½-story wood frame building engulfed in flames, Providence Fire Chief Steve Capracotta said by phone. BostonGlobe.com, "Sixteen residents were displaced, but no one was seriously injured in a 4-alarm fire in Providence early Wednesday, according to the Providence Fire Department.," 12 Sep. 2019 Upon arriving, the officers saw the plane was engulfed in flames, police wrote, and the Berlin Fire Company was called out to extinguish the blaze. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Small plane crashes, bursts into flames near Ocean City," 9 Sep. 2019 When troopers arrived, the plane was engulfed in flames. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Plane burns after emergency landing in field near Ocean City," 8 Sep. 2019 Media: Lufkin Police Department Within seconds the truck is engulfed in flames. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Dramatic video shows Texas police saving driver after truck splits in half during flyover crash," 6 Sep. 2019 On top of all that, there's the silhouette of women dancing in the flames behind Billie. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish's Terrifying Video for "all the good girls go to hell" Has Fans Freaking Out," 4 Sep. 2019 That news is particularly harrowing for Domenic Selga, who lost five members of his family when the ship went up in flames. CBS News, "Man who lost five family members in California boat fire: "You don't want to believe it"," 4 Sep. 2019 The striking opening shot shows a city street at night with a suspended traffic light in flames, and fire is at the heart of the family's troubles as well as a recurring visual motif in the film. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ema': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 The 44-year-old Earnhardt, his wife, his 16-month-old daughter and the two pilots got out of the plane before it was fully engulfed in flames. Editors, USA TODAY, "Dorian's path, Gauff-Osaka at US Open: 5 things to know this weekend," 31 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The opening parade of the Oregon Brewers Festival this year promises a different sight: Instead of a grand marshal pulled by the traditional bike chariot, a guy on a unicycle playing flaming bagpipes will get the celebration of craft beer underway. Andre Meunier, oregonlive.com, "Oregon Brewers Festival kicks off this week with Unipiper’s ‘full flame and sound’," 21 July 2019

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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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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
literary : to feel or express strong or angry emotion
literary : 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
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flamed; flaming

Medical Definition of flame

: to cleanse or sterilize by fire

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concealment of treason or felony

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