Stay away from the fire.
The shack was destroyed by a fire.
Two people died in that terrible fire.
How did the fire start?
We warmed our hands over the fire.
She built a fire in the fireplace.
The fire went out and he had to light it again. Verb
She fired the arrow at the target.
He fired several shots at the police.
He fired at the police.
The gun failed to fire.
The soldiers fired on the enemy.
The shortstop fired the ball to first base.
The angry mob fired rocks at him.
The boxer fired a left jab at his opponent's chin.
The story fired his imagination.
She had to fire several workers. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
In the video, a tearful Cohen described how one woman was in a bomb shelter that was set on fire by the terrorists to force her out.—Desiree Adib, ABC News, 24 Nov. 2023 According to Irish media outlet RTÉ, rioters attacked gardaí, officers of the state police force Garda, and set a garda vehicle on fire.—Bradford Betz, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2023 After being blocked at a checkpoint for several hours, the convoy turned back and then came under fire near the organization’s office.—Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 However, failing to properly water your tree is what can cause a fire to occur.—Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Hundreds of emergency workers in Kentucky put out a large fire on Thursday after a
freight train carrying molten sulfur derailed a day earlier, officials said.—Dan Frosch, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2023 For all the accolades officials gave for reopening the 10 in days rather than weeks, state leaders have publicly said little about the precise damage caused by the fire, exactly how Caltrans plans to make fixes and how much the repairs will cost.—Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 That came after Bezos had come under fire for what critics said was a lack of philanthropic initiatives, especially amid the charitable activities of his ex-wife, Mackenzie Scott.—CBS News, 21 Nov. 2023 The facility has come under fire and appeared surrounded by Israeli forces.—NBC News, 12 Nov. 2023
The previous three coaches fired at Texas A&M combined to collect roughly $20 million in buyouts.—Tom Layberger, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Officers responded to a call of shots fired at Cole’s Flea Market in the Pearland area about 5:30 p.m.—Pilar Arias, Fox News, 13 Nov. 2023 Five officers from the Memphis Police Department are fired.—CNN, 13 Nov. 2023 In an initial court appearance, a prosecutor claims that suspect Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. fired at a sleeping football player.—Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2023 Hezbollah fired anti-tank missiles into Israel on Sunday, and Israel responded with artillery.—Najib Jobain, TIME, 12 Nov. 2023 For instance, 84 Lake City rounds (of 147 total) were fired in the Parkland school shooting.—Ben Dooley Emily Rhyne, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2023 While there are many different diamond categories, broadly prices for wholesale polished diamonds have tumbled about 20% this year, firing a more dramatic fall in rough — or uncut — stones that have plunged as much as 35%, with the steepest declines happening though late summer and early autumn.—Thomas Biesheuvel, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 Advertisement That doesn’t make the destruction any less real: Observers say the group and its allies have fired some 1,200 shells across the border, prompting swift Israeli retaliation that has so far killed at least 63 Hezbollah fighters along with 14 civilians.—Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, from Old English fȳr; akin to Old High German fiur fire, Greek pyr
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)