Definitions for fire

Definitions for (noun) fire

Main entry: fire, firing

Definition: the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

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

Main entry: fire

Definition: a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning

Usage: they sat by the fire and talked

Main entry: fire, flack, flak, attack, blast

Definition: intense adverse criticism

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

Main entry: fire

Definition: the event of something burning (often destructive)

Usage: they lost everything in the fire

Main entry: fire

Definition: a severe trial

Usage: he went through fire and damnation

Main entry: ardor, ardour, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour, fire

Definition: feelings of great warmth and intensity

Usage: he spoke with great ardor

Main entry: fire, flame, flaming

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

Usage: fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries

Main entry: fire

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

Usage: put the kettle on the fire; barbecue over an open fire

Main entry: fire

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

Definitions for (verb) fire

Main entry: fire

Definition: bake in a kiln so as to harden

Usage: fire pottery

Main entry: fire, burn, burn down

Definition: destroy by fire

Usage: They burned the house and his diaries

Main entry: fire, discharge

Definition: cause to go off

Usage: fire a gun; fire a bullet

Main entry: fire, discharge, go off

Definition: go off or discharge

Usage: The gun fired

Main entry: open fire, fire

Definition: start firing a weapon

Main entry: kindle, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, arouse, raise, provoke

Definition: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

Usage: arouse pity; raise a smile; evoke sympathy

Main entry: fire

Definition: drive out or away by or as if by fire

Usage: The soldiers were fired; Surrender fires the cold skepticism

Main entry: fire, fuel

Definition: provide with fuel

Usage: Oil fires the furnace

Main entry: can, dismiss, displace, send away, sack, terminate, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack

Definition: terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

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

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