Definition of


  1. (noun, event) the event of something burning (often destructive)
  2. (noun, act) the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
    they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire
  3. (noun, process) the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
  4. (noun, artifact) a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning
  5. (noun, substance) once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
  6. (noun, feeling) feelings of great warmth and intensity
  7. (noun, substance) fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking
    barbecue over an open fire
  8. (noun, event) a severe trial
  9. (noun, communication) intense adverse criticism
    the government has come under attack
    don't give me any flak
  10. (verb, competition) start firing a weapon
  11. (verb, competition) cause to go off
    fire a bullet
  12. (verb, change) bake in a kiln so as to harden
  13. (verb, social) terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    The company terminated 25% of its workers
  14. (verb, competition) go off or discharge
  15. (verb, motion) drive out or away by or as if by fire
    Surrender fires the cold skepticism
  16. (verb, emotion) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
    raise a smile
    evoke sympathy
  17. (verb, change) destroy by fire
  18. (verb, possession) provide with fuel

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Antonyms of Fire


Alternate forms of Fire

Derivations: fiery, fire, firing

Hyponyms: anger, antiaircraft fire, artillery fire, ask for, backfire, balefire, barrage, barrage fire, battery, blast, blaze, blazing, bombardment, bonfire, broadside, bruise, brush fire, burst, call fire, campfire, cannon fire, clean out, concentrated fire, conflagration, cookfire, counterfire, counterpreparation fire, cover, covering fire, cremate, crossfire, destruction fire, direct fire, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, dismiss, distributed fire, draw, drop, excite, fire up, flare, forest fire, fratricide, friendly fire, furlough, fusillade, grassfire, grazing fire, harassing fire, heat, hostile fire, hurt, ignite, ignition, indirect fire, infatuate, inferno, inflame, injure, interdiction fire, interest, invite, lay off, let drive, let fly, loose off, massed fire, neutralization fire, observed fire, offend, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, pension off, pop, prairie fire, preparation fire, prick, radar fire, registration fire, rekindle, retire, salvo, scheduled fire, scorch, searching fire, send away, send packing, shake, shake up, shame, shelling, shoot, smolder, smoulder, smudge, spite, squeeze out, stimulate, stir, stir up, strike a chord, supporting fire, suppressive fire, sweep over, torch, touch a chord, unobserved fire, untune, upset, volley, wake, whelm, wound, zeal

Hypernyms: attack, bake, blast, burning, chase away, combustion, create, criticism, destroy, dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, element, fireplace, fuel, furnish, happening, hearth, make, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, onrush, onset, onslaught, open fireplace, passion, passionateness, provide, remove, render, ruin, run off, shoot, supply, trial, tribulation, turn back, unfavorable judgment, visitation

Origin of the word Fire

  1. O.E. fyr, from P.Gmc. *fuir (cf. O.Fris. fiur, O.N. f?rr, M.Du. vuur, Ger. Feuer), from PIE *perjos, from root *paewr- (cf. Armenian hur "fire, torch," Czech pyr "hot ashes," Gk. pyr, Umbrian pir, Skt. pu, Hittite pahhur "fire"). Current spelling is attested as early as 1200, but d… more
  2. c.1200, furen, figurative, "arouse, excite;" literal sense of "set fire to" is from late 14c., from fire (n.). The O.E. verb fyrian "to supply with fire" apparently did not survive into M.E. The sense of "sack, dismiss" is first recorded 1885 in Amer.Eng., probably from a play on the two meanings of discharge: "to dismiss from a position," and "to fire a gu… more

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