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Meaning of fire by Wiktionary Dictionary

fire


    A large fire. ( 1 )
    A small fire from a lighter. ( 1 )
    The fire of a stationary minigun. ( 8 )

    Etymology

    From Middle English fier, from Old English fȳr ( “fire” ), from West Germanic *fuïr, a regularised form of Proto-Germanic *fōr ( “fire” ) ( compare East Frisian fjuur, West Frisian fjoer, Dutch vuur, Low German Für, German Feuer, Danish fyr ), from Proto-Indo-European *péh₂ur ( compare Hittite ������ ( paḫḫur ), Umbrian pir, Tocharian A/B por/puwar, Czech pȳř ( “hot ashes” ), Ancient Greek πῦρ ( pŷr, “fire” ), Armenian հուր ( hur, “fire” ) ). This was an inanimate noun whose animate counterpart was Proto-Indo-European *Hn̥gʷnis .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK, Australia ) enPR: fīə( r ), IPA: /faɪə( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /faI@( r )/
    • ( US ) enPR: fīr, IPA: /faɪɚ/, X-SAMPA: /faI@`/
    • Rhymes: -aɪə( ɹ )

    Noun

    fire ( countable and uncountable; plural: fires )

    1. ( uncountable ) 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. ( countable ) 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. ( countable ) The often accidental occurrence of fire in a certain place leading to its full or partial destruction .
      There was a fire at the school last night and the whole place burned down .
      During hot and dry summers many fires in forests are caused by regardlessly discarded cigarette butts .
    4. ( uncountable, alchemy ) One of the four basic elements .
    5. ( China, India and Japan ) One of the five basic elements ( see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements ) .
    6. ( countable, UK ) A heater or stove used in place of a real fire ( such as an electric fire ) .
    7. ( countable ) The elements necessary to start a fire .
      The fire was laid and needed to be lit .
    8. ( uncountable ) The in-flight bullets or other projectiles shot from a gun .
      The fire from the enemy guns kept us from attacking .
    9. ( countable ) 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 .

    Verb

    fire ( third-person singular simple present fires present participle firing, simple past and past participle fired )

    1. ( transitive ) To set ( something ) on fire.
    2. ( transitive ) To heat without setting on fire, as ceramic, metal objects, etc .
      If you fire the pottery at too high a temperature, it may crack .
      They fire the wood to make it easier to put a point on the end .
    3. ( transitive ) To drive away by setting a fire .
    4. ( transitive ) To terminate the employment contract of ( an employee ), especially for cause ( such as misconduct or poor performance ).
    5. ( transitive ) To shoot ( a device that launches a projectile or a pulse of stream of something ) .
      We will fire our guns at the enemy .
      He fired his radar gun at passing cars .
    6. ( intransitive ) To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon .
      Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes .
      His nail gun fired about twenty roofing nails a minute .
    7. ( transitive, sports ) To shoot; to attempt to score a goal.
    8. ( intransitive, physiology ) To cause an action potential in a cell .
      When a neuron fires, it transmits information .
    9. ( transitive ) To forcibly direct ( something ) .
      He answered the questions the reporters fired at him .
    10. ( intransitive, computer sciences, software 工学 ) To initiate an event ( by means of an event handler )
      The event handler should only fire after all web page content has finished loading .

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Explanation of fire by Wordnet Dictionary

fire


    Verb
    1. bake in a kiln so as to harden

    2. fire pottery
    3. destroy by fire

    4. cause to go off

    5. fire a gun
      fire a bullet
    6. go off or discharge

    7. The gun fired
    8. start firing a weapon

    9. call forth ( emotions, feelings, and responses )

    10. drive out or away by or as if by fire

    11. The soldiers were fired
      Surrender fires the cold skepticism
    12. provide with fuel

    13. Oil fires the furnace
    14. terminate the employment of

    15. The boss fired his secretary today
    Noun
    1. the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

    2. hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes
      they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire
    3. a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning

    4. they sat by the fire and talked
    5. intense adverse criticism

    6. Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party
    7. the event of something burning ( often destructive )

    8. they lost everything in the fire
    9. a severe trial

    10. he went through fire and damnation
    11. feelings of great warmth and intensity

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

    13. fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries
    14. fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking

    15. put the kettle on the fire
      barbecue over an open fire
    16. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe ( Empedocles )



    Definition of fire by GCIDE Dictionary

    fire


    1. Fire ( fīr ), n. [OE. fir, fyr, fur AS. fȳr; akin to D. vuur, OS. & OHG. fiur, G. feuer, Icel. fȳri, fūrr, Gr. πῦρ, and perh. to L. purus pure, E. pure Cf. Empyrean, Pyre.]
      1. The evolution of light and heat in the combustion of bodies; combustion; state of ignition.

      ☞ The form of fire exhibited in the combustion of gases in an ascending stream or current is called flame. Anciently, fire, air, earth, and water were regarded as the four elements of which all things are composed.

      2. Fuel in a state of combustion, as on a hearth, or in a stove or a furnace.

      3. The burning of a house or town; a conflagration.

      4. Anything which destroys or affects like fire.

      5. Ardor of passion, whether love or hate; excessive warmth; consuming violence of temper.

      he had fire in his temper. Atterbury.

      6. Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm; capacity for ardor and zeal.

      And bless their critic with a poet's fire. Pope.

      7. Splendor; brilliancy; luster; hence, a star.

      Stars, hide your fires. Shak.

      As in a zodiac

      representing the heavenly fires. Milton.

      8. Torture by burning; severe trial or affliction.

      9. The discharge of firearms; firing; as, “the troops were exposed to a heavy fire”.

      Blue fire, Red fire, Green fire ( Pyrotech. ), compositions of various combustible substances, as sulphur, niter, lampblack, etc., the flames of which are colored by various metallic salts, as those of antimony, strontium, barium, etc. -- Fire alarm A signal given on the breaking out of a fire. An apparatus for giving such an alarm. -- Fire annihilator, a machine, device, or preparation to be kept at hand for extinguishing fire by smothering it with some incombustible vapor or gas, as carbonic acid. -- Fire balloon. A balloon raised in the air by the buoyancy of air heated by a fire placed in the lower part. A balloon sent up at night with fireworks which ignite at a regulated height. Simmonds. -- Fire bar, a grate bar. -- Fire basket, a portable grate; a cresset. Knight. -- Fire beetle. ( Zool. ) See in the Vocabulary. -- Fire blast, a disease of plants which causes them to appear as if burnt by fire. -- Fire box, the chamber of a furnace, steam boiler, etc., for the fire. -- Fire brick, a
      refractory brick, capable of sustaining intense heat without fusion, usually made of fire clay or of siliceous material, with some cementing substance, and used for lining fire boxes, etc. -- Fire brigade, an organized body of men for extinguished fires. -- Fire bucket. See under Bucket. -- Fire bug, an incendiary; one who, from malice or through mania, persistently sets fire to property; a pyromaniac. [U.S.] -- Fire clay. See under Clay. -- Fire company, a company of men managing an engine in extinguishing fires. -- Fire cross. See Fiery cross. [Obs.] Milton. -- Fire damp. See under Damp. -- Fire dog. See Firedog, in the Vocabulary. -- Fire drill. A series of evolutions performed by fireman for practice. An apparatus for producing fire by friction, by rapidly twirling a wooden pin in a wooden socket; -- used by the Hindoos during all historic time, and by many savage peoples. -- Fire eater. A juggler who pretends to eat fire. A quarrelsome person who seeks affrays; a hotspur.
      [Colloq.] -- Fire engine, a portable forcing pump, usually on wheels, for throwing water to extinguish fire. -- Fire escape, a contrivance for facilitating escape from burning buildings. -- Fire gilding ( Fine Arts ), a mode of gilding with an amalgam of gold and quicksilver, the latter metal being driven off afterward by heat. -- Fire gilt ( Fine Arts ), gold laid on by the process of fire gilding. -- Fire insurance, the act or system of insuring against fire; also, a contract by which an insurance company undertakes, in consideration of the payment of a premium or small percentage -- usually made periodically -- to indemnify an owner of property from loss by fire during a specified period. -- Fire irons, utensils for a fireplace or grate, as tongs, poker, and shovel. -- Fire main, a pipe for water, to be used in putting out fire. -- Fire master ( Mil ), an artillery officer who formerly supervised the composition of fireworks. -- Fire office, an office at which to effect insurance against fire. -- Fire opal, a
      variety of opal giving firelike reflections. -- Fire ordeal, an ancient mode of trial, in which the test was the ability of the accused to handle or tread upon red-hot irons. Abbot. -- Fire pan, a pan for holding or conveying fire, especially the receptacle for the priming of a gun. -- Fire plug, a plug or hydrant for drawing water from the main pipes in a street, building, etc., for extinguishing fires. -- Fire policy, the writing or instrument expressing the contract of insurance against loss by fire. -- Fire pot. ( Mil. ) A small earthen pot filled with combustibles, formerly used as a missile in war. The cast iron vessel which holds the fuel or fire in a furnace. A crucible. A solderer's furnace. -- Fire raft, a raft laden with combustibles, used for setting fire to an enemy's ships. -- Fire roll, a peculiar beat of the drum to summon men to their quarters in case of fire. -- Fire setting ( Mining ), the process of softening or cracking the working face of a lode, to facilitate excavation,
      by exposing it to the action of fire; -- now generally superseded by the use of explosives. Raymond. -- Fire ship, a vessel filled with combustibles, for setting fire to an enemy's Fire ( fīr ), n. [OE. fir, fyr, fur AS. fȳr; akin to D. vuur, OS. & OHG. fiur, G. feuer, Icel. fȳri, fūrr, Gr. πῦρ, and perh. to L. purus pure, E. pure Cf. Empyrean, Pyre.]
      1. The evolution of light and heat in the combustion of bodies; combustion; state of ignition.

      ☞ The form of fire exhibited in the combustion of gases in an ascending stream or current is called flame. Anciently, fire, air, earth, and water were regarded as the four elements of which all things are composed.

      2. Fuel in a state of combustion, as on a hearth, or in a stove or a furnace.

      3. The burning of a house or town; a conflagration.

      4. Anything which destroys or affects like fire.

      5. Ardor of passion, whether love or hate; excessive warmth; consuming violence of temper.

      he had fire in his temper. Atterbury.

      6. Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm; capacity for ardor and zeal.

      And bless their critic with a poet
    2. Fire v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fring.]
      1. To set on fire; to kindle; as, “to fire a house or chimney; to fire a pile.”

      2. To subject to intense heat; to bake; to burn in a kiln; as, “to fire pottery”.

      3. To inflame; to irritate, as the passions; as, “to fire the soul with anger, pride, or revenge”.

      Love had fired my mind. Dryden.

      4. To animate; to give life or spirit to; as, “to fire the genius of a young man”.

      5. To feed or serve the fire of; as, “to fire a boiler”.

      6. To light up as if by fire; to illuminate.

      [The sun] fires the proud tops of the eastern pines. Shak.

      7. To cause to explode; as, “to fire a torpedo”; to disharge; as, “to fire a rifle, pistol, or cannon; to fire cannon balls, rockets, etc.”

      8. To drive by fire. [Obs.]

      Till my bad angel fire my good one out. Shak.

      9. ( Far. ) To cauterize.

      10. to dismiss from employment, a post, or other job; to cause ( a person ) to cease being an employee; -- of a person. The act of firing is usually performed by that person's supervisor or employer. “You can't fire me! I quit!”

      To fire up,
      1. to light up the fires of, as of an engine; also, figuratively, to start up any machine. --
      2. to render enthusiastic; -- of people.

    3. Fire, v. i.
      1. To take fire; to be kindled; to kindle.

      2. To be irritated or inflamed with passion.

      3. To discharge artillery or firearms; as, “they fired on the town”.

      To fire up, to grow irritated or angry. “He . . . fired up, and stood vigorously on his defense.” Macaulay.