The event of something burning (often destructive).
Roget 388a: insulation, incombustible material, noncombustible material; fire retardant, flame retardant; fire wall, fire door. incombustibility, incombustibleness etc. adj.. extincteur [Fr.]; fire annihilator; amianth†, ... show more
Dutch: brand, ontbranding
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.
Dutch: beschieting, bestoking, vuur
Polish: strzelanie, wystrzeliwanie, rąbanie, bicie, pukanie, tłuczenie, łupanie, wygarnianie, przygrzewanie, dogrzewanie ... show more
The process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke:
— Fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries.
Dutch: laai, vlam, vuur
Polish: ogień, płomienie
A fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning.
Once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles).
Feelings of great warmth and intensity.
Fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking.
A severe trial.
Intense adverse criticism:
— Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party.
Dutch: afbrekende kritiek
Start firing a weapon.
synonym: open fire.
Cause to go off:
— Fire a gun.
— Fire a bullet.
Bake in a kiln so as to harden.
Terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position:
— The boss fired his secretary today.
Dutch: ontslaan, wippen
Drive out or away by or as if by fire.
Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses).
Dutch: ontlokken, bovenhalen, evoceren, evoqueren, oproepen, wekken
Destroy by fire.
Dutch: branden, verbranden
Provide with fuel:
— Oil fires the furnace.
Generate an electrical impulse.
— The furnace wouldn't fire.
synonym: flame up.
Moby thesaurus: abandon, afflatus, afire, aflame, aggressiveness, agitate, aim at, air, air-dry, alight, anhydrate, animate, animating spirit, animation, animus, annoy, antiaircraft fire, ardency, ardent, ardor ... show more.
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