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  • n  the event of something burning (often destructive)
    they lost everything in the fire
  • n  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
  • n  the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
    fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries
  • n  a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning
    they sat by the fire and talked
  • n  once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
  • n  feelings of great warmth and intensity
  • n  fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking
    put the kettle on the fire
    barbecue over an open fire
  • n  a severe trial
    he went through fire and damnation
  • n  intense adverse criticism
    Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party
  • v  start firing a weapon
  • v  cause to go off
    fire a gun
    fire a bullet
  • v  bake in a kiln so as to harden
    fire pottery
  • v  terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    The boss fired his secretary today
  • v  go off or discharge
    The gun fired
  • v  drive out or away by or as if by fire
    The soldiers were fired
    Surrender fires the cold skepticism
  • v  call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  • v  destroy by fire
  • v  provide with fuel
    Oil fires the furnace

  • Women screamed as their hair and dresses caught fire.
  • Fire crews walk near a wildfire in Oak Glen, Calif.
  • A serious fire detection system was installed in 1965.
News & Articles


  • Barack Obama in Los Angeles Times
    These are men and women who have made the selfless decisionto protect the nation, Obama said of the victims. "It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil."
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton in Melbourne Herald Sun
    I remember landing under sniper fire,Senator Clinton said last week. "There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down."
  • Barney Frank in
    Maybe it's time to fire some people,said Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. "We can't keep them from getting bonuses, but we can keep them from having their jobs."

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