watch fire


: a fire lighted as a signal or for the use of a guard

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Later at night the scene will change, as dozens of people typically gather round a drum circle and watch fire dancers perform. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2020 The flames, smoke and sirens from first responders drew dozens of people to the shoreline to watch fire crews spray water on burning train cars. Alana Minkler, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2020 Lying in her bed, Jayla Christina Rodriguez watched fire engines, police cars and motorcycles stage a special parade outside of her house Thursday afternoon. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2020 The fire's intense heat stretched across the street onto a large gathering of onlookers who watched fire crews trying put out the blaze. Glenn E. Rice, Robert A. Cronkleton And Max Londberg, kansascity, 8 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1735, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of watch fire was in 1735

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“Watch fire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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