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fire hydrant  


      n   a hydrant for use as an emergency supply for fighting fires, esp. one in a street,   (Also called (esp. U.S. and N.Z.))    fireplug  
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fire  
      n  
1    the state of combustion in which inflammable material burns, producing heat, flames, and often smoke  
2   
a    a mass of burning coal, wood, etc., used esp. in a hearth to heat a room  
b    (in combination)  
firewood, firelighter     
3    a destructive conflagration, as of a forest, building, etc.  
4    a device for heating a room, etc.  
5    something resembling a fire in light or brilliance  
a diamond's fire     
6    a flash or spark of or as if of fire  
7   
a    the act of discharging weapons, artillery, etc.  
b    the shells, etc., fired  
8    a burst or rapid volley  
a fire of questions     
9    intense passion; ardour  
10    liveliness, as of imagination, thought, etc.  
11    a burning sensation sometimes produced by drinking strong alcoholic liquor  
12    fever and inflammation  
13    a severe trial or torment (esp. in the phrase go through fire and water)  
14    catch fire   to ignite  
15    draw someone's fire   to attract the criticism or censure of someone  
16    hang fire  
a    to delay firing  
b    to delay or be delayed  
17    no smoke without fire   the evidence strongly suggests something has indeed happened  
18    on fire  
a    in a state of ignition  
b    ardent or eager  
19    open fire   to start firing a gun, artillery, etc.  
20    play with fire   to be involved in something risky  
21    set fire to or set on fire  
a    to ignite  
b    to arouse or excite  
22    set the world or (Brit.) the Thames or (Scot.) the heather on fire  
Informal   to cause a great sensation  
23    under fire   being attacked, as by weapons or by harsh criticism  
24    modifier     (Astrology)   of or relating to a group of three signs of the zodiac, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius  
   Compare       earth       10       air       19       water       12  
      vb  
25    to discharge (a firearm or projectile) or (of a firearm, etc.) to be discharged  
26    to detonate (an explosive charge or device) or (of such a charge or device) to be detonated  
27    tr  
Informal   to dismiss from employment  
28    tr     (Ceramics)   to bake in a kiln to harden the clay, fix the glaze, etc.  
29    to kindle or be kindled; ignite  
30    tr   to provide with fuel  
oil fires the heating system     
31    intr   to tend a fire  
32    tr   to subject to heat  
33    tr   to heat slowly so as to dry  
34    tr   to arouse to strong emotion  
35    to glow or cause to glow  
36    intr   (of an internal-combustion engine) to ignite  
37    intr   (of grain) to become blotchy or yellow before maturity  
38      (Vet. science)      another word for       cauterize  
39    intr     (Austral)  
informal   (of a sportsman, etc.) to play well or with enthusiasm  
      sentence substitute  
40    a cry to warn others of a fire  
41    the order to begin firing a gun, artillery, etc.  
     (Old English fyr; related to Old Saxon fiur, Old Norse furr, Old High German fuir, Greek pur)  
  fireable      adj  
  fireless      adj  
  firer      n  


ball of fire  
      n  
Informal   a very lively person  
baptism of fire  
      n  
1    a soldier's first experience of battle  
2    any initiating ordeal or experience  
3      (Christianity)   the penetration of the Holy Ghost into the human spirit to purify, consecrate, and strengthen it, as was believed to have occurred initially at Pentecost  
brush fire  
      n  
1    a fire in bushes and scrub  
2    a minor local war  
cease-fire     (Chiefly military)  
      n  
1    a period of truce, esp. one that is temporary and a preliminary step to establishing a more permanent peace on agreed terms  
      interj  
      n  
2    the order to stop firing  
centre-fire  
      adj  
1    (of a cartridge) having the primer in the centre of the base  
2    (of a firearm) adapted for such cartridges,   (Compare)        rim-fire  
electric fire  
      n   a device that provides heat for a room from an incandescent electric element  
field of fire  
      n   the area that a weapon or group of weapons can cover with fire from a given position  
fire alarm  
      n  
1    a device to give warning of fire, esp. a bell, siren, or hooter  
2    a shout to warn that a fire has broken out  
fire-and-brimstone  
      adj   (of a sermon, preacher, etc.) zealous, esp. in threatening eternal damnation  
fire ant  
      n   any mound-building predatory ant of the genus Solenopsis, of tropical and subtropical America, that can inflict a painful sting  
fire away  
      vb   intr, adv; often imperative  
Informal   to begin to speak or to ask questions  
fire blight  
      n   a disease of apples, pears, and similar fruit trees, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora and characterized by blackening of the blossoms and leaves, and cankers on the branches  
fire brigade  
      n     (Chiefly Brit)   an organized body of firefighters  
fire clay  
      n   a heat-resistant clay used in the making of firebricks, furnace linings, etc.  
fire company  
      n  
1    an insurance company selling policies relating to fire risk  
2      (U.S.)   an organized body of firemen  
fire control  
      n     (Military)   the procedures by which weapons are brought to engage a target  
fire-cure  
      vb   tr   to cure (tobacco) by exposure to the smoke and heat of an open fire  
fire department  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)   the department of a local authority responsible for the prevention and extinguishing of fires  
fire door  
      n  
1    a door made of noncombustible material, the purpose of which is to prevent a fire from spreading within a building  
2    a similar door, leading to the outside of a building, that can be easily opened from inside; emergency exit  
fire drill  
      n   a rehearsal of duties or escape procedures to be followed in case of fire  
fire-eater  
      n  
1    a performer who simulates the swallowing of fire  
2    a belligerent person  
  fire-eating      n, adj  
fire engine  
      n   a heavy road vehicle that carries firemen and fire-fighting equipment to a fire  
fire escape  
      n   a means of evacuating persons from a building in the event of fire, esp. a metal staircase outside the building  
fire-extinguisher  
      n   a portable device for extinguishing fires, usually consisting of a canister with a directional nozzle used to direct a spray of water, chemically generated foam, inert gas, or fine powder onto the fire  
fire hydrant  
      n   a hydrant for use as an emergency supply for fighting fires, esp. one in a street,   (Also called (esp. U.S. and N.Z.))    fireplug  
fire insurance  
      n   insurance covering damage or loss caused by fire or lightning  
fire irons  
      pl n   metal fireside implements, such as poker, shovel, and tongs  
fire marshal  
      n     (U.S)  
1    a public official responsible for investigating the causes of fires, enforcing fire prevention laws, etc.  
2    the head of a fire prevention organization  
fire opal  
      n   an orange-red translucent variety of opal, valued as a gemstone  
fire power  
      n     (Military)  
1    the amount of fire that may be delivered by a unit or weapon  
2    the capability of delivering fire  
fire raiser  
      n   a person who deliberately sets fire to property  
  fire raising      n  
fire screen  
      n  
1    a decorative screen placed in the hearth when there is no fire  
2    a screen placed before a fire to protect the face from intense heat  
fire ship  
      n   a vessel loaded with explosives and used, esp. formerly, as a bomb by igniting it and directing it to drift among an enemy's warships  
fire station  
      n   a building where fire-fighting vehicles and equipment are stationed and where firefighters on duty wait,   (Also called (U.S.))    firehouse, station house  
fire trail  
      n     (Austral)   a permanent track cleared through the bush to provide access for fire-fighting  
fire walking  
      n   a religious rite in which people walk barefoot over white-hot ashes, stones, etc.  
fire watcher  
      n   a person who watches for fires, esp. those caused by aerial bombardment  
friendly fire  
      n     (Military)   firing by one's own side, esp. when it harms one's own personnel  
Greek fire  
      n  
1    a Byzantine weapon employed in naval warfare from 670 a.d. It consisted of an unknown mixture that, when wetted, exploded and was projected, burning, from tubes  
2    any of several other inflammable mixtures used in warfare up to the 19th century  
line of fire  
      n   the flight path of a missile discharged or to be discharged from a firearm  
liquid fire  
      n   inflammable petroleum or other liquid used as a weapon of war in flamethrowers, etc.  
quick fire  
      n  
1    rapid continuous gunfire, esp. at a moving target  
      adj  
  quick-fire  
2      (Also)    quick-firing   capable of or designed for quick fire  
3    Informal   rapid or following one another in rapid succession  
quick-fire questions     
rapid fire  
      n  
1    a fast rate of gunfire  
      adj  
  rapid-fire  
2   
a    firing shots rapidly  
b    denoting medium-calibre mounted guns designed for rapid fire  
3    done, delivered, or occurring in rapid succession  
red fire  
      n   any combustible material that burns with a bright red flame: used in flares and fireworks. The colour is usually produced by strontium salts  
rim-fire  
      adj  
1    (of a cartridge) having the primer in the rim of the base  
2    (of a firearm) adapted for such cartridges,   (Compare)        centre-fire  
Saint Anthony's fire  
      n   usually abbreviated to   , St Anthony's fire     (Pathol)      another name for       ergotism       erysipelas  
     (C16: so named because praying to St Anthony was believed to effect a cure)  
Saint Elmo's fire  
      n   usually abbreviated to   , St Elmo's fire   (not in technical usage) a luminous region that sometimes appears around church spires, the masts of ships, etc. It is a corona discharge in the air caused by atmospheric electricity,   (Also called)    corposant  
     (C16: so called because it was associated with Saint Elmo (a corruption, via Sant'Ermo, of Saint Erasmus, died 303) the patron saint of Mediterranean sailors)  
sure-fire  
      adj   usually prenominal  
Informal   certain to succeed or meet expectations; assured  
watch fire  
      n   a fire kept burning at night as a signal or for warmth and light by a person keeping watch  

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fire  


      n  
1    blaze, combustion, conflagration, flames, inferno  
2    barrage, bombardment, cannonade, flak, fusillade, hail, salvo, shelling, sniping, volley  
3      (figurative)   animation, ardour, brio, burning passion, dash, eagerness, élan, enthusiasm, excitement, fervency, fervour, force, heat, impetuosity, intensity, life, light, lustre, passion, pizzazz or pizazz     (informal)   radiance, scintillation, sparkle, spirit, splendour, verve, vigour, virtuosity, vivacity  
4    hanging fire      delayed, in abeyance, in cold storage, on ice, pending, postponed, put back, put off, shelved, suspended, undecided  
5    on fire:     
a    ablaze, aflame, alight, blazing, burning, fiery, flaming, in flames  
b    ardent, eager, enthusiastic, excited, inspired, passionate  
      vb  
6    enkindle, ignite, kindle, light, put a match to, set ablaze, set aflame, set alight, set fire to, set on fire, torch  
7    detonate, discharge, eject, explode, hurl, launch, let loose     (informal)   let off, loose, pull the trigger, set off, shell, shoot, touch off  
8      (figurative)   animate, arouse, electrify, enliven, excite, galvanize, impassion, incite, inflame, inspire, inspirit, irritate, quicken, rouse, stir  
9      (informal)   cashier, discharge, dismiss, give marching orders, give the boot     (slang)   give the bullet     (Brit. slang)   give the push, kiss off     (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   make redundant, sack     (informal)   show the door  

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