watch fire


Definition of watch fire 

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

Examples of watch fire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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, "Roof collapses, fire still raging at office building in North Kansas City | The Kansas City Star," 8 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'watch fire.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of watch fire

1735, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about watch fire

Share watch fire

Dictionary Entries near watch fire



watch face

watch fire

watch fob

watch for


Statistics for watch fire

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for watch fire

The first known use of watch fire was in 1735

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on watch fire

See words that rhyme with watch fire

Comments on watch fire

What made you want to look up watch fire? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!