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fire (noun)
1.
a) (1) the phenomenon of combustion manifested in light, flame, and heat
(2) one of the four elements of the alchemists
b) (1) burning passion - ardor
(2) liveliness of imagination - inspiration
2.
a) fuel in a state of combustion (as on a hearth)
b) British a small gas or electric space heater
3.
a) a destructive burning (as of a building)
b) (1) death or torture by fire
(2) severe trial or ordeal
4.
- brilliancy luminosity the fire of a gem
5.
a) the firing of weapons (as , artillery, or missiles) - firearms
b) intense verbal attack or criticism
c) a rapidly delivered series (as of remarks)
fire (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to set on fire - kindle , also - ignite fire a rocket engine
b) (1) to give life or spirit to - inspire the description fired his imagination
(2) to fill with passion or enthusiasm - often used with up
c) to light up as if by fire
d) to cause to start operating - usually used with up fired up the engine
2.
a) to drive out or away by or as if by fire
b) to dismiss from a position
3.
a) (1) to cause to explode - detonate
(2) to propel from or as if from a gun - discharge launch fire a rocket
(3) - shoot fire a gun
(4) to score (a number) in a game or contest
b) to throw with speed or force - fired the ball to first base fire a left jab
c) to utter with force and rapidity
4.
to apply fire or fuel to as
a) to process by applying heat - fire pottery
intransitive verb
b) to feed or serve the fire of - fire a boiler
1.
a) to take fire - kindle ignite
b) to begin operation - start the engine fired
c) to operate especially as the result of the application of an electrical impulse - the spark plug fires
2.
a) to become irritated or angry - often used with up
b) to become filled with excitement or enthusiasm
3.
a) to discharge a - firearm fire at close range
b) to emit or let fly an object
4.
to tend a fire
5.
to transmit a nerve impulse - the rate at which a neuron fires
FIRE (abbreviation)
finance, insurance, and real estate
Fire (biographical name)
Andrew Zachary 1959–     Am. geneticist
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
fire (noun)
1.
a destructive burning
SYNONIMS:
conflagration, holocaust, inferno
RELATED WORDS:
blaze, flare-up; backfire, bonfire, brush fire, campfire, forest fire, wildfire; arson
fire (noun)
2.
depth of feeling
SYNONIMS:
ardency, emotion, enthusiasm, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fire, heat, intenseness, intensity, passion, passionateness, vehemence, violence, warmth, white heat
RELATED WORDS:
cathexis; emotionalism, emotionality, histrionics, mawkishness, melodrama, sappiness, sentimentality; eagerness, earnestness, excitement, gusto, keenness, zest; fanaticism, fever, hot-bloodedness, infatuation, mania, obsession, zeal; compassion, responsiveness, sentiment, sympathy, tenderness; torridity, torridness
NEAR ANTONYMS:
aloofness, calmness, collectedness, composure, detachedness, dryness, phlegm, reserve, reservedness, reticence, taciturnity; apathy, indifference, stoicism, stoniness, unconcern; stiffness, woodenness; chilliness, coldness, coolness, frigidity, frigidness
impassiveness, impassivity, insensibility, insensibleness, insensitiveness, insensitivity
fire (noun)
3.
a test of faith, patience, or strength
SYNONIMS:
cross, crucible, fire, gauntlet ( gantlet), ordeal
RELATED WORDS:
baptism, initiation; adversity, affliction, asperity, misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap, privation, tragedy, tribulation, trouble, vicissitude, woe; acid test, litmus test; challenge, complication, difficulty, grief, grievance, hardship, rigor; annoyance, discomfort, inconvenience, nuisance
fire (verb)
1.
to cause (a projectile) to be driven forward with force
SYNONIMS:
blast, discharge, fire, loose, squeeze off
RELATED WORDS:
launch, project; blaze (at), snipe (at); cast, catapult, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, lob, pelt, pitch, sling, throw, toss
fire (verb)
2.
to cause a weapon to release a missile with great force
SYNONIMS:
blast, discharge, fire
RELATED WORDS:
blaze, pepper; plink, potshot, snipe
fire (verb)
3.
to give life, vigor, or spirit to
SYNONIMS:
amp (up), brace, energize, enliven, fillip, fire, ginger (up), invigorate, jazz (up), juice up, jump-start, liven (up), pep (up), quicken, spike, stimulate, vitalize, vivify, zip (up)
RELATED WORDS:
arouse, awake, awaken, raise, rouse, stir, wake (up); activate, actuate, drive, impel, motivate, motive, move, propel; charge, electrify, galvanize; enkindle, excite, ferment, foment, incite, inflame ( enflame), instigate, kindle, provoke, set off, spark, trigger, turn on, whip (up); abet, boost, buoy, cheer, embolden, fortify, hearten, infuse, inspire, lift, rally, steel, strengthen; reactivate, reanimate, reawake, reawaken, recharge, recreate, reenergize, refresh, refreshen, regenerate, reinvigorate, rejuvenate, rekindle, renew, restimulate, resurrect, resuscitate, revitalize, revive
NEAR ANTONYMS:
burn out, debilitate, do in, drain, enervate, enfeeble, exhaust, fag, fatigue, harass, kayo, knock out, sap, tucker (out), undermine, wash out, weaken, wear, wear out, weary; check, curb, inhibit, jade, quell, quench, repress, restrain, slow, still, stunt, suppress; daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit
damp, dampen, deaden, dull, kill
fire (verb)
4.
to let go from office, service, or employment
SYNONIMS:
ax ( axe), bounce, can, cashier, discharge, fire, muster out, pink-slip, release, remove, retire, sack, terminate, turn off
RELATED WORDS:
downsize, excess, furlough, lay off, trim; boot (out), chuck (out), drum (out), kick out, throw out, unseat; separate
NEAR ANTONYMS:
keep; reemploy, rehire; contract, subcontract; recruit
employ, engage, hire, retain, sign (up on), take on
fire (verb)
5.
to send through the air especially with a quick forward motion of the arm
SYNONIMS:
cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, loft, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, toss
RELATED WORDS:
bowl, dart, flip, gun, hook, pass, roll, shoot; buck, eject, impel, precipitate, project, propel, rifle, thrust
fire (verb)
6.
to set (something) on fire
SYNONIMS:
enkindle, fire, ignite, inflame ( enflame), kindle, light, torch
RELATED WORDS:
immolate; deflagrate; char, frizzle, scorch; bake, broil, cook; ash, cremate, incinerate, kiln; set off; brighten, illuminate, illumine, irradiate, lighten, radiate; scald, scathe, sear; reignite, rekindle, relight; bank, stoke
NEAR ANTONYMS:
choke, smother, suffocate; stamp (out); blacken, darken, dim, dull, obscure
douse ( dowse), extinguish, put out, quench, snuff (out)
fire (verb)
to rouse to strong feeling or action
SYNONIMS:
arouse, encourage, excite, fire (up), impassion, incite, instigate, move, pique, rev (up), spark, stimulate, stir
RELATED WORDS:
fan, ignite, inflame ( enflame), kindle, trigger; activate, animate, drive, energize, galvanize, induce, inspire, key (up), motivate, motive, pump up, quicken, set off, vitalize; abet, ferment, foment, raise, whip (up); anger, enrage, madden, upset; jeer, taunt, tease; aggravate, annoy, bother, exasperate, gall, get, irritate, vex
NEAR ANTONYMS:
calm, soothe, subdue, tranquilize ( tranquillize); appease, mollify, pacify, placate
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