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flame Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
    fire; flaming.
    • fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries
  2. verb shine with a sudden light
    • The night sky flared with the massive bombardment
  3. verb be in flames or aflame
    • The sky seemed to flame in the Hawaiian sunset
  4. verb criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium
    • the person who posted an inflammatory message got flamed

Flame noun
OE. flame, flaume, flaumbe, OF. flame, flambe, F. flamme, fr. L. flamma, fr. flamma, fr. flagrare to burn. See Flagrant, and cf. Flamneau, Flamingo.
  1. A stream of burning vapor or gas, emitting light and heat; darting or streaming fire; a blaze; a fire.
  2. Burning zeal or passion; elevated and noble enthusiasm; glowing imagination; passionate excitement or anger. "In a flame of zeal severe." Milton.
    Where flames refin'd in breasts seraphic glow. Pope.
    Smit with the love of sister arts we came, And met congenial, mingling flame with flame. Pope.
  3. Ardor of affection; the passion of love. Coleridge.
  4. A person beloved; a sweetheart. Thackeray. Syn. -- Blaze; brightness; ardor. See Blaze.
Flame intransitive verb
OE. flamen, flaumben, F. flamber, OF. also, flamer. See Flame, n.
imperfect & past participle Flamed ; present participle & verbal noun Flaming
  1. To burn with a flame or blaze; to burn as gas emitted from bodies in combustion; to blaze.
    The main blaze of it is past, but a small thing would make it flame again. Shak.
  2. To burst forth like flame; to break out in violence of passion; to be kindled with zeal or ardor.
    He flamed with indignation. Macaulay.
Flame transitive verb
  1. To kindle; to inflame; to excite.
    And flamed with zeal of vengeance inwardly. Spenser.

Webster 1913

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