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fire

noun, often attributive \ ˈfī(-ə)r \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of fire

1 a (1) : the phenomenon of combustion manifested in light, flame, and heat
(2) : one of the four elements of the alchemists
  • air, water, fire, and earth
b (1) : burning passion : ardor
  • young lovers with their hearts full of fire
(2) : liveliness of imagination : inspiration
  • the force and fire of his oratory
2 a : fuel in a state of combustion (as on a hearth)
  • warmed his hands at the crackling fire
b British : a small gas or electric space heater
3 a : a destructive burning (as of a building)
  • The shack was destroyed by a fire.
b (1) : death or torture by fire
  • He confessed under threat of the fire.
(2) : severe trial or ordeal
  • He had proved himself in the fire of battle.
4 : brilliancy, luminosity
  • the fire of a gem
5 a : the firing of weapons (such as firearms, artillery, or missiles)
  • The troops endured heavy fire.
b : intense verbal attack or criticism
  • His controversial assertions have provoked heavy fire from those taking offense.
c : a rapidly delivered series (as of remarks)

fireless

play \ˈfī(-ə)r-ləs\ adjective
on fire
1 : being consumed by fire : aflame
  • The house was on fire.
2 : eager, burning
  • He was on fire with enthusiasm.
under fire
1 : exposed to fire from an enemy's weapons
  • The soldier showed courage under fire.
2 : under attack
  • The company has come under fire for its discriminatory hiring policies.

Examples of fire in a Sentence

  1. Stay away from the fire.

  2. The shack was destroyed by a fire.

  3. Two people died in that terrible fire.

  4. How did the fire start?

  5. We warmed our hands over the fire.

  6. She built a fire in the fireplace.

  7. The fire went out and he had to light it again.

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Origin and Etymology of fire

Middle English, from Old English fȳr; akin to Old High German fiur fire, Greek pyr


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fire

verb

Definition of fire

fired; firing
transitive verb
1 a : to set on fire : kindle; also : ignite
  • fire a rocket engine
b (1) : to give life or spirit to : inspire
  • the description fired his imagination
(2) : to fill with passion or enthusiasm often used with up
c : to light up as if by fire
d : to cause to start operating usually used with up
  • fired up the engine
2 a : to drive out or away by or as if by fire
b : to dismiss from a position
3 a (1) : to cause to explode : detonate
(2) : to propel from or as if from a gun : discharge, launch
  • fire a rocket
(3) : shoot 1b
  • fire a gun
(4) : to score (a number) in a game or contest
b : to throw with speed or force
  • fired the ball to first base
  • fire a left jab
c : to utter with force and rapidity
4 : to apply fire or fuel to: such as
a : to process by applying heat
  • fire pottery
b : to feed or serve the fire of
  • fire a boiler
intransitive verb
1 a : to take fire : kindle, ignite
b : to begin operation : start
  • the engine fired
c : to operate especially as the result of the application of an electrical impulse
  • the spark plug fires
2 a : to become irritated or angry often used with up
b : to become filled with excitement or enthusiasm
3 a : to discharge a firearm
  • fire at close range
b : to emit or let fly an object
4 : to tend a fire
5 : to transmit a nerve impulse
  • the rate at which a neuron fires

fireable

play \ˈfī(-ə)r-ə-bəl, ˈfī-rə-\ adjective

firer

noun

Examples of fire in a Sentence

  1. She fired the arrow at the target.

  2. He fired several shots at the police.

  3. He fired at the police.

  4. The gun failed to fire.

  5. The soldiers fired on the enemy.

  6. The shortstop fired the ball to first base.

  7. The angry mob fired rocks at him.

  8. The boxer fired a left jab at his opponent's chin.

  9. The story fired his imagination.

  10. She had to fire several workers.

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Origin and Etymology of fire

see 1fire


FIRE

abbreviation

Definition of FIRE

finance, insurance, and real estate

Fire

biographical name \ ˈfī(-ə)r \

Definition of Fire

Andrew Zachary 1959–     American geneticist

FIRE Defined for English Language Learners

fire

noun

Definition of fire for English Language Learners

  • : the light and heat and especially the flame produced by burning

  • : an occurrence in which something burns : the destruction of something (such as a building or a forest) by fire

  • : a controlled occurrence of fire created by burning something (such as wood or gas) in a special area (such as in a fireplace or stove)


fire

verb

Definition of fire for English Language Learners

  • : to shoot a weapon

  • : to throw (something) with speed and force

  • : to give life or energy to (something or someone)


FIRE Defined for Kids

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fire

noun \ ˈfīr \

Definition of fire for Students

1 : the light and heat and especially the flame produced by burning
2 : fuel that is burning in a controlled setting (as in a fireplace)
3 : the destructive burning of something (as a building)
4 : the shooting of weapons
  • rifle fire
on fire
: actively burning
under fire
1 : exposed to the firing of enemy guns
2 : under attack

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fire

verb

Definition of fire for Students

fired; firing
1 : 1shoot 2
  • fire a gun
2 : to dismiss from employment
  • He was fired from his job.
3 : excite 1, stir
  • It's a story to fire the imagination.
4 : to subject to great heat
  • fire pottery
5 : to set off : explode
  • fire a firecracker
6 : to set on fire
  • They carelessly fired the barn.

Medical Dictionary

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fire

noun, often attributive \ ˈfī(ə)r \

medical Definition of fire

: fever or inflammation especially from a disease

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fire

verb

medical Definition of fire

fired; firing
transitive verb
1 : to cause to transmit a nerve impulse
2 : to sear (the leg of a horse) with a hot iron in order to convert a crippling chronic inflammation into an acute inflammation that will stimulate the natural healing responses of the body
intransitive verb
: to transmit a nerve impulse
  • the rate at which a neuron fires


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