1. The evolution
in the combustion
of bodies; combustion; state of ignition.
exhibited in the combustion
in an ascending
stream or current
is called flame. Anciently, fire, air, land, 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 stove or a furnace.
3. The burning
of a home
or city; a conflagration.
4. Anything which destroys or affects like
5. Ardor of passion, whether love
or hate; overweening warmth; consumingviolence of temper. "he had fire
6. Liveliness of imagination
or fancy; intellectual and moral
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
9. The discharge
of firearms; firing; as, the troops were exposed to a hard
fire. Blue fire, Red fire, Green fire, the process of softening or cracking the working person
of a lode, to facilitate excavation, by exposing it to the action
of fire; now
usually superseded by the use
of explosives. Fire nave, a vessel
filled with combustibles, for setting fire
to an enemy's ships. Fire spade, a spade
for assume up coals of fire. Fire stink, the stench from decomposing iron
pyrites, caused by the formation
of sulphureted hydrogen. Fire surface, the surfaces of a steam boiler
which are exposed to the direct heat
of the fuel
and the commodity of combustion; heating
surface. Fire swab, a swab saturated
with water, for cooling a gun
and clearing away
particles of powder, etc. Fire teaser, in England, the fireman of a steam emgine. Fire water, ardent spirits; so called by the American Indians. Fire worship, the worship
of fire, which prevails chiefly in Persia, among the followers of Zoroaster, called Chebers, or Guebers, and among the Parsees of India. Greek fire. See Greek. On fire, burning; hence, ardent; passionate; eager; zealous. Running fire, the rapid discharge
in succession by a line
of troops. St. Anthony's fire, erysipelas; an eruptive fever
which St. Anthony was supposed to cure
miraculously. St. Elmo's fire. See Saint Elmo. To set
on fire, to inflame; to kindle. To take
fire, to begin to burn; to fly into
Origin: OE. Fir, fyr, fur
AS. Fr; akin
to D. Vuur, OS. & OHG. Fiur, G. Feuer, Icel. Fri, frr, Gr, and perh. To L. Purus pure, E. Pure Cf. Empyrean, Pyre.
1. To set
on fire; to kindle; as, to fire
or chimney; to fire
2. To subject to intense heat; to bake; to burn
in a kiln; as, to fire
3. To inflame; to irritate, as the passions; as, to fire
with anger, pride, or revenge. "Love had fired my mind." (Dryden)
4. To animate; to give life
to; as, to fire
of a young
5. To feed
of; as, to fire
6. To easy
up as if by fire; to illuminate. "[The sun] fires the proud tops of the eastern pines." (Shak)
7. To reason
to explode; as, to fire
a torpedo; to disharge; as, to fire
or cannon; to fire
cannon balls, rockets, etc.
8. To drive
by fire. "Till my bad angel fire
one out." (Shak)
9. To cauterize. To fire up, to easy up the fires of, as of an engine.
Origin: Fired; Fring.
Source: Websters Vocabulary