wildfire

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noun wild·fire \ˈwī(-ə)ld-ˌfī(-ə)r\

Definition of wildfire

  1. 1 :  a sweeping and destructive conflagration especially in a wilderness or a rural area

  2. 2 :  greek fire

  3. 3 :  a phosphorescent glow (such as ignis fatuus or fox fire)

  4. 4 :  a destructive leaf-spot disease of tobacco caused by several strains of a bacterium (Pseudomonas syringae)

like wildfire

  1. :  very rapidly the news spread like wildfire

Examples of wildfire in a Sentence

  1. The recent wildfires were made worse by the strong winds.

Recent Examples of wildfire from the Web

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12th Century

First Known Use of wildfire

12th century



WILDFIRE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of wildfire for English Language Learners

  • : a fire in a wild area (such as a forest) that is not controlled and that can burn a large area very quickly


WILDFIRE Defined for Kids

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noun wild·fire \ˈwīld-ˌfīr\

Definition of wildfire for Students

  1. :  an uncontrollable fire that destroys a wide area



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