[ US /ˈfaɪɝ, ˈfaɪɹ/ ]
[ UK /fˈa‍ɪ‍ə/ ]
  1. bake in a kiln so as to harden
    fire pottery
  2. start firing a weapon
  3. go off or discharge
    The gun fired
  4. start or maintain a fire in
    fire the furnace
  5. provide with fuel
    Oil fires the furnace
  6. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
    arouse pity
    evoke sympathy
    raise a smile
  7. drive out or away by or as if by fire
    Surrender fires the cold skepticism
    The soldiers were fired
  8. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    The company terminated 25% of its workers
    The boss fired his secretary today
  9. become ignited
    The furnace wouldn't fire
  10. cause to go off
    fire a bullet
    fire a gun
  11. destroy by fire
    They burned the house and his diaries
  12. generate an electrical impulse
    the neurons fired fast
  1. intense adverse criticism
    Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party
    the government has come under attack
    don't give me any flak
  2. fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking
    barbecue over an open fire
    put the kettle on the fire
  3. the event of something burning (often destructive)
    they lost everything in the fire
  4. a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning
    they sat by the fire and talked
  5. the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
    fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries
  6. a severe trial
    he went through fire and damnation
  7. feelings of great warmth and intensity
    he spoke with great ardor
  8. 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
    they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire
  9. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
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How To Use fire In A Sentence

  • He specialized in moonlit and winter scenes, usually including a sheet of water and sometimes also involving the light of a fire, and he also painted sunsets and views at dawn or twilight.
  • The new taxon is named Gamerabaena, and the authors note, under etymology, "'Gamera refers to the fictional, firebreathing turtle from the 1965 movie Gamera, in allusion to his fire-breathing capabilities and the Hell Creek Formation ... "Look at everything around us. Look at everything we've done."
  • Some lucky local with an open fire had determined the evening warranted a little extra cheer, more than the central heating could provide, and had lit a small blaze on his hearth.
  • A few weeks later I was fired from my job at Hunter College.
  • The soldier fired the rifle through a narrow aperture in a pile of sandbags.
  • We must remember that the prime motive for Housmann's boulevards and circuses was to ensure that a strategically placed cannon could fire down many streets, quelling the citizens who were periodically disposed to revolution.
  • Connecticut schools have been fitting yellow intruder alarms next to fire alarms in their corridors and dining halls. Times, Sunday Times
  • Spanish-American War of 1898 Edison suggested to the Navy Department the adoption of a compound of calcium carbide and calcium phosphite, which when placed in a shell and fired from a gun would explode as soon as it struck water and ignite, producing a blaze that would continue several minutes and make the ships of the enemy visible for four or five miles at sea. Edison, His Life and Inventions
  • Little chips light great fires.
  • Less than a minute later he had gone past the courts, down a stairwell and opened the fire door.
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