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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

firefaɪər(n.; v.)fired, fir•ing.

  1. (n.)a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. a burning mass of material, as on a hearth or in a furnace.

  3. the destructive burning of a building, town, forest, etc.; conflagration.

  4. heat used for cooking, esp. the lighted burner of a stove:

    Put the kettle on the fire.

  5. Brit. a gas or electric heater used for heating a room.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, British

  6. brilliance, as of a gem.

  7. burning passion; ardor; excitement.

  8. liveliness of imagination.

  9. severe trial or trouble; ordeal.

  10. a spark or sparks.

  11. the discharge of firearms:

    enemy fire.

  12. a luminous object.

  13. (v.t.)to set on fire.

  14. to supply with fuel; attend to the fire of.

  15. to subject to heat.

  16. to bake in a kiln.

    Category: Ceramics

  17. to heat very slowly for the purpose of drying, as tea.

  18. to inflame, as with passion; fill with ardor.

  19. to inspire.

  20. to light or cause to glow as if on fire.

  21. to discharge (a gun).

  22. to project (a bullet or the like) by or as if by discharging from a gun.

  23. to subject to explosion or explosive force, as a mine.

  24. to hurl; throw:

    to fire a stone through a window.

  25. to dismiss from a job.

  26. to drive out or away by or as if by fire.

  27. (v.i.)to take fire; be kindled.

  28. to glow as if on fire.

  29. to become inflamed with passion; become excited.

  30. to shoot, as a gun.

  31. to discharge a gun.

  32. to hurl a projectile.

  33. (of plant leaves) to turn yellow or brown before the plant matures.

    Category: Botany

  34. fire away,to speak up, esp. immediately.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  35. fire off, to shoot from or as if from a weapon: to write and send off hastily.

    I fired off six shots with my camera.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for fire:

  1. catch (on) fire, to become ignited; burn.

    Category: Idiom

  2. fight fire with fire,to use the same tactics as one's opponent.

    Category: Idiom

  3. on fire, ignited; burning; afire. eager; ardent; zealous. highly feverish.

    Category: Idiom

  4. play with fire,to trifle with a serious or dangerous matter.

    Category: Idiom

  5. take fire, to become ignited; burn. to become inspired with enthusiasm or zeal.

    Category: Idiom

  6. under fire, under attack, esp. by military forces. under censure or criticism.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of fire:

bef. 900; ME; OE fȳr (see pyro -)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. fire(noun)

    the event of something burning (often destructive)

    "they lost everything in the fire"

  2. fire, firing(noun)

    the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

    "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"

  3. fire, flame, flaming(noun)

    the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke

    "fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"

  4. fire(noun)

    a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning

    "they sat by the fire and talked"

  5. fire(noun)

    once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)

  6. ardor, ardour, fervor, fervour, fervency, fire, fervidness(noun)

    feelings of great warmth and intensity

    "he spoke with great ardor"

  7. fire(noun)

    fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking

    "put the kettle on the fire"; "barbecue over an open fire"

  8. fire(noun)

    a severe trial

    "he went through fire and damnation"

  9. fire, attack, flak, flack, blast(verb)

    intense adverse criticism

    "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"

  10. open fire, fire(verb)

    start firing a weapon

  11. fire, discharge(verb)

    cause to go off

    "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet"

  12. fire(verb)

    bake in a kiln so as to harden

    "fire pottery"

  13. displace, fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate(verb)

    terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

    "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"

  14. fire, discharge, go off(verb)

    go off or discharge

    "The gun fired"

  15. fire(verb)

    drive out or away by or as if by fire

    "The soldiers were fired"; "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"

  16. arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke(verb)

    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

    "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"

  17. burn, fire, burn down(verb)

    destroy by fire

    "They burned the house and his diaries"

  18. fuel, fire(verb)

    provide with fuel

    "Oil fires the furnace"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fire(noun)ɪər

    a pile of burning wood made to keep warm

    We sat by the fire.; Do you want to light the fire?

  2. fireɪər

    flames caused when sth burns

    forest fires; The house was on fire.

  3. fireɪər

    to cause to burn

    She set fire to his clothing.

  4. fireɪər

    to begin to burn

    Be careful the bushes don't catch fire.

  5. fireɪər

    shooting from guns

    enemy fire

  6. fireɪər

    to start shooting

    Troops opened fire on the protesters.

  7. fireɪər

    an indoor electrical heating device

    ***Turn on the fire.

  8. fire(verb)ɪər

    to shoot a weapon

    to fire a gun; He fired at her three times.

  9. fireɪər

    ≠ hire

    We had to fire him for not following instructions.


  1. fire(Noun)

    A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bonding of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smouldering.

  2. fire(Noun)

    Something that has produced or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire.

    We sat around the fire singing songs and telling stories.

  3. fire(Noun)

    The often accidental occurrence of fire in a certain place leading to its full or partial destruction.

  4. fire(Noun)

    One of the four basic elements.

  5. fire(Noun)

    One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).

  6. fire(Noun)

    A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).

  7. fire(Noun)

    The elements necessary to start a fire.

    The fire was laid and needed to be lit.

  8. fire(Noun)

    The in-flight bullets or other projectiles shot from a gun.

    The fire from the enemy guns kept us from attacking.

  9. fire(Noun)

    A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to fire a weapon.

  10. fire(Verb)

    To set (something) on fire.

  11. fire(Verb)

    To heat without setting on fire, as ceramic, metal objects, etc.

  12. fire(Verb)

    To drive away by setting a fire.

  13. fire(Verb)

    To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), especially for cause (such as misconduct or poor performance).

  14. fire(Verb)

    To shoot (a device that launches a projectile or a pulse of stream of something).

  15. fire(Verb)

    To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon.

  16. fire(Verb)

    To shoot; to attempt to score a goal.

  17. fire(Verb)

    To cause an action potential in a cell.

    When a neuron fires, it transmits information.

  18. fire(Verb)

    To forcibly direct (something).

    He answered the questions the reporters fired at him.

  19. fire(Verb)

    To initiate an event (by means of an event handler)

    The event handler should only fire after all web page content has finished loading.

  20. Origin: From fier, from fyr, from *, a regularised form of fōr (compare West Frisian fjoer, Dutch vuur, Low German Für, German Feuer, Danish fyr#Etymology_2), from péh₂ur (compare 227A202A212F, pir, Tocharian A/B por/puwar, pȳř, Ancient Greek , հուր). This was an inanimate noun whose animate counterpart was Hn̥gʷnis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fire(noun)

    the evolution of light and heat in the combustion of bodies; combustion; state of ignition

  2. Fire(noun)

    fuel in a state of combustion, as on a hearth, or in a stove or a furnace

  3. Fire(noun)

    the burning of a house or town; a conflagration

  4. Fire(noun)

    anything which destroys or affects like fire

  5. Fire(noun)

    ardor of passion, whether love or hate; excessive warmth; consuming violence of temper

  6. Fire(noun)

    liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm; capacity for ardor and zeal

  7. Fire(noun)

    splendor; brilliancy; luster; hence, a star

  8. Fire(noun)

    torture by burning; severe trial or affliction

  9. Fire(noun)

    the discharge of firearms; firing; as, the troops were exposed to a heavy fire

  10. Fire(verb)

    to set on fire; to kindle; as, to fire a house or chimney; to fire a pile

  11. Fire(verb)

    to subject to intense heat; to bake; to burn in a kiln; as, to fire pottery

  12. Fire(verb)

    to inflame; to irritate, as the passions; as, to fire the soul with anger, pride, or revenge

  13. Fire(verb)

    to animate; to give life or spirit to; as, to fire the genius of a young man

  14. Fire(verb)

    to feed or serve the fire of; as, to fire a boiler

  15. Fire(verb)

    to light up as if by fire; to illuminate

  16. Fire(verb)

    to cause to explode; as, to fire a torpedo; to disharge; as, to fire a musket or cannon; to fire cannon balls, rockets, etc

  17. Fire(verb)

    to drive by fire

  18. Fire(verb)

    to cauterize

  19. Fire(verb)

    to take fire; to be kindled; to kindle

  20. Fire(verb)

    to be irritated or inflamed with passion

  21. Fire(verb)

    to discharge artillery or firearms; as, they fired on the town


  1. Fire

    Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products. Slower oxidative processes like rusting or digestion are not included by this definition. The flame is the visible portion of the fire. If hot enough, the gases may become ionized to produce plasma. Depending on the substances alight, and any impurities outside, the color of the flame and the fire's intensity will be different. Fire in its most common form can result in conflagration, which has the potential to cause physical damage through burning. Fire is an important process that affects ecological systems across the globe. The positive effects of fire include stimulating growth and maintaining various ecological systems. Fire has been used by humans for cooking, generating heat, signaling, and propulsion purposes. The negative effects of fire include water contamination, soil erosion, atmospheric pollution and hazard to life and property.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FIRE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #788

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FIRE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #590

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FIRE' in Nouns Frequency: #283

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FIRE' in Verbs Frequency: #521

Anagrams of FIRE

  1. refi

  2. rife

Translations for FIRE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


anything that is burning, whether accidentally or not

a warm fire in the kitchen; Several houses were destroyed in a fire.

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