flame

noun
\ ˈflām \

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

Luckily our house did not burn down, but my culinary hopes went up in flames along with the pepperoni and cheese. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How I Conquered the Kitchen and Finally Started Cooking for Myself," 25 Jan. 2019 The gruesome details of Khashoggi’s murder, and the way that Turkey has seemingly fanned the flames despite its own wretched human rights record, have elevated the story to an international level. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The future of transportation is being underwritten by Saudi Arabia," 19 Oct. 2018 Another Bloomberg article published Tuesday continues to fan the flames, suggesting that the story is not only real but pervasive. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "New Report Claims More Evidence of Chinese Microchip Tampering," 9 Oct. 2018 For the residents of Rio, the loss of the National Museum is the equivalent to London’s British Museum, Paris’s Louvre or New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art going up in flames. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Brazil Mourns Loss of Rio de Janeiro's National Museum After Devastating Fire," 4 Sep. 2018 But as members of the tribe restrain Roger, Johiehon puts down her baby and walks into the flames to be with her lover. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Roger Finally Redeemed Himself on Outlander," 21 Jan. 2019 The consequences of fires don’t end with the flames. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Large wildfires have serious health effects for civilians near (and not so near) the flames. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The Dangerous Health Risks That Could Follow the California Wildfires," 16 Nov. 2018 The style continues to evolve—and to stoke the flames of collectors’ desire— through the house’s constant introduction of new materials, as well as the return of traditional favorites. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Behind the Legendary Good Fortune of Van Cleef's Alhambra," 1 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Twin masses of flaming, superheated gas act to discipline one another: a system of checks and balances. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Save America From Aunt Sally," 3 Jan. 2019 In a movie that includes hundreds of flying arrows, flaming and otherwise, most are CGI. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How They Made All the Blood and Guts of 'Outlaw King'," 9 Nov. 2018 According to the Post’s report, Owens and her fiance Marquell Sholar leapt to tear Timiyah’s flaming clothes off and spray her down in the bathtub to extinguish the flames. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A "Fire Challenge" Gone Wrong Left a 12-Year-Old With Serious Burns," 21 Aug. 2018 Images of Kiwi’s flaming robot in a public space are unlikely to abate these concerns. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Delivery robot spontaneously bursts into flames in California," 17 Dec. 2018 That following Sunday, the ex-girlfriend's car on Woodland Drive in LaPlace had been set on fire just after 2 a.m. The gas tank was open and leaking flaming fluid. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Kenner man accused of setting fire to ex-girlfriend's car, apartment pleads guilty to arson," 16 July 2017 The helicopters detonate in four bright flares and fall to the desert floor in balls of flaming debris. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What a U.S.-Russian War in Syria Could Look Like," 9 Oct. 2015 Flares light up the sky in southwest Texas’ Reeves County, flames visible for miles as operators there burn more gas than anywhere else in the Permian. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "In America’s Hottest Drilling Spot, Gas Is Going Up in Smoke," 29 Aug. 2018 That explains why the swatch turned into a flaming tangerine stripe on my chest. Dafra Sanou, Allure, "How to Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade Match When You Have Dark Skin," 18 July 2018

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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

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More Definitions for flame

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 \

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 \
flamed; flaming

Medical Definition of flame

: to cleanse or sterilize by fire

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