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fire
  • 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
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fire-bellied toad
  • n  toad of central and eastern Europe having red or orange patches mixed with black on its underside
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fire-bush
  • n  evergreen South American shrub having showy trumpet-shaped orange flowers; grown as an ornamental or houseplant
  • n  densely branched Eurasian plant; foliage turns purple-red in autumn
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fire-eater
  • n  a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires
  • n  a belligerent grouch
  • n  a performer who pretends to swallow fire
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fire-on-the-mountain
  • n  poinsettia of United States and eastern Mexico; often confused with Euphorbia heterophylla
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fire-raising
  • n  malicious burning to destroy property
    the British term for arson is fire-raising
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fire-wheel
  • n  annual of central United States having showy long-stalked yellow flower heads marked with scarlet or purple in the center
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fire alarm
  • n  a shout or bell to warn that fire has broken out
  • n  an alarm that is tripped off by fire or smoke
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fire and brimstone
  • n  (Old Testament) God's means of destroying sinners
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fire ant
  • n  omnivorous ant of tropical and subtropical America that can inflict a painful sting
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fire beetle
  • n  tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots
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fire blight
  • n  a disease blackening the leaves of pear and apple trees
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fire brigade
  • n  a private or temporary organization of individuals equipped to fight fires
  • n  British name for a fire department
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fire bush
  • n  evergreen South American shrub having showy trumpet-shaped orange flowers; grown as an ornamental or houseplant
  • n  densely branched Eurasian plant; foliage turns purple-red in autumn
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fire code
  • n  set of standards established and enforced by government for fire prevention and safety in case of fire as in fire escapes etc
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fire company
  • n  a private or temporary organization of individuals equipped to fight fires
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