What does flame mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fire, flame, flamingverb

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

    "fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"

  2. flare, flameverb

    shine with a sudden light

    "The night sky flared with the massive bombardment"

  3. flameverb

    be in flames or aflame

    "The sky seemed to flame in the Hawaiian sunset"

  4. flameverb

    criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium

    "the person who posted an inflammatory message got flamed"


  1. flamenoun

    The visible part of fire.

  2. flamenoun

    A romantic partner or lover in usually short-lived but passionate affair.

  3. flamenoun

    Intentionally insulting criticism or remark meant to incite anger.

  4. flamenoun

    A brilliant reddish orange-gold fiery colour.

  5. flamenoun

    The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the curl.

    The cello has a two-piece back with a beautiful narrow flame.

  6. flameverb

    To produce flames.

  7. flameverb

    To post a destructively critical or abusive message, especially to provoke dissent or controversy

  8. flameadjective

    Of a brilliant reddish orange-gold colour, like that of a flame.

  9. Etymology: flaume, flaumbe, blend of flame and flambe, flamble, the first from flamma, the second from flammula, diminutive of flamma, both from pre-Latin *fladma; akin to gled.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FLAMEnoun

    Etymology: flamma, Latin; flamme, French.

    Is not flame a vapour, fume, or exhalation heated red hot, that is, so hot as to shine? For bodies do not flame without emitting a copious fume, and this fume burns in the flame. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    What flame, what lightning e’er
    So quick an active force did bear! Abraham Cowley.

    Jove, Prometheus’ theft allow;
    The flames he once stole from thee, grant him now. Abraham Cowley.

    Of all our elder plays,
    This and Philaster have the loudest fame;
    Great are their faults, and glorious is their flame:
    In both our English genius is exprest,
    Lofty and bold, but negligently drest. Edmund Waller.

    Smit with the love of kindred arts we came,
    And met congeneal, mingling flame with flame. Alexander Pope.

    My heart’s on flame, and does like fire
    To her aspire. Abraham Cowley.

    Come arm’d in flames; for I would prove
    All the extremities of love. Abraham Cowley.

    No warning of th’ approaching flame;
    Swiftly like sudden death it came:
    I lov’d the moment I beheld. George Granville.

  2. To Flameverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Can you think to blow out the intended fire your city is ready to flame in, with such weak breath as this? William Shakespeare.

    He fell flaming through th’ ethereal sky
    To bottomless perdition. John Milton.

    Hell all around
    As one great furnace flam’d. John Milton.

    Behold it like an ample curtain spread,
    Now streak’d and glowing with the morning red;
    Anon at noon in flaming yellow bright,
    And chusing sable for the peaceful night. Matthew Prior.


  1. Flame

    A flame (from Latin flamma) is the visible, gaseous part of a fire. It is caused by a highly exothermic chemical reaction taking place in a thin zone. When flames are hot enough to have ionized gaseous components of sufficient density they are then considered plasma.


  1. flame

    A flame is a body of burning gases emitting heat and light, often produced by combustion or a chemical reaction. It is typically characterized by its warm color range from bluish white to orange, yellow, or red, and its visually distinctive shape. The size, color, and intensity of a flame can vary depending on the type of fuel and the amount of oxygen available.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flamenoun

    a stream of burning vapor or gas, emitting light and heat; darting or streaming fire; a blaze; a fire

  2. Flamenoun

    burning zeal or passion; elevated and noble enthusiasm; glowing imagination; passionate excitement or anger

  3. Flamenoun

    ardor of affection; the passion of love

  4. Flamenoun

    a person beloved; a sweetheart

  5. Flamenoun

    to burn with a flame or blaze; to burn as gas emitted from bodies in combustion; to blaze

  6. Flamenoun

    to burst forth like flame; to break out in violence of passion; to be kindled with zeal or ardor

  7. Flameverb

    to kindle; to inflame; to excite

  8. Etymology: [OE. flamen, flaumben, F. flamber, OF. also, flamer. See Flame, n.]


  1. Flame

    A flame is the visible, gaseous part of a fire. It is caused by a highly exothermic reaction taking place in a thin zone. Some flames, such as the flame of a burning candle, are hot enough to have ionized gaseous components and can be considered plasma. This subject is, however, hotly debated.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flame

    flām, n. gaseous matter undergoing combustion: the gleam or blaze of a fire: rage: ardour of temper: vigour of thought: warmth of affection: love: (coll.) the object of love.—v.i. to burn as flame: to break out in passion.—adjs. Flāme′-col′oured (Shak.), of the colour of flame, bright yellow; Flāme′less.—n. Flāme′let, a small flame.—adj. Flām′ing, red: gaudy: violent.—adv. Flām′ingly.—n. Flammabil′ity.—adjs. Flammif′erous, producing flame; Flammiv′omous, vomiting flames.—n. Flam′mule, the flames in pictures of Japanese deities.—adj. Flām′y, pertaining to, or like, flame. [O. Fr. flambe—L. flammaflagrāre, to burn.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. flame

    [at MIT, orig. from the phrase flaming asshole] 1. vi. To post an email message intended to insult and provoke. 2. vi. To speak incessantly and/or rabidly on some relatively uninteresting subject or with a patently ridiculous attitude. 3. vt. Either of senses 1 or 2, directed with hostility at a particular person or people. 4. n. An instance of flaming. When a discussion degenerates into useless controversy, one might tell the participants “Now you're just flaming” or “Stop all that flamage!” to try to get them to cool down (so to speak).The term may have been independently invented at several different places. It has been reported from MIT, Carleton College and RPI (among many other places) from as far back as 1969, and from the University of Virginia in the early 1960s.It is possible that the hackish sense of ‘flame’ is much older than that. The poet Chaucer was also what passed for a wizard hacker in his time; he wrote a treatise on the astrolabe, the most advanced computing device of the day. In Chaucer's Troilus and Cressida, Cressida laments her inability to grasp the proof of a particular mathematical theorem; her uncle Pandarus then observes that it's called “the fleminge of wrecches.” This phrase seems to have been intended in context as “that which puts the wretches to flight” but was probably just as ambiguous in Middle English as “the flaming of wretches” would be today. One suspects that Chaucer would feel right at home on Usenet.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flame' in Nouns Frequency: #1666

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flame in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flame in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of flame in a Sentence

  1. Bhartrihari:

    The constant man loses not his virtue in misfortune. A torch may point towards the ground, but its flame will still point upwards.

  2. Henry James, "The Ambassadors", Book Ninth, Chapter 2:

    She had fortunately always her appetite for news. The pure flame of the disinterested burned in her cave of treasures as a lamp in a Byzantine vault.

  3. Megan Fox:

    Instead of a soul mate, a twin flame is actually where a soul has ascended into a high enough level that it can be split into two different bodies at the same time, so were actually two halves of the same soul, I think. And I said that to him almost immediately, because I felt it right away.

  4. Hal Borland:

    A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.

  5. Dante Alighieri:

    A great flame follows a little spark.

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