flame

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English flaume, flaumbe, blend of Anglo-Norman flame and flambe, flamble, the first from Latin flamma, the second from Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma, both from pre-Latin *fladma; akin to Old English glēd (ember); ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlē- (to shimmer, gleam, shine).

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flame (plural flames)

  1. The visible part of fire; a stream of burning vapour or gas, emitting light and heat.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 3, The Younger Set[1]:
      Long after his cigar burnt bitter, he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped ; … .
    • 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 4: 
      Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame.
  2. A romantic partner or lover in a usually short-lived but passionate affair.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Thackeray to this entry?)
  3. (Internet) Intentionally insulting criticism or remark meant to incite anger.
  4. A brilliant reddish orange-gold fiery colour.
    flame colour:    
  5. (music, chiefly lutherie) The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the curl.
    The cello has a two-piece back with a beautiful narrow flame.
  6. Burning zeal, passion, imagination, excitement, or anger.

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flame (third-person singular simple present flames, present participle flaming, simple past and past participle flamed)

  1. To produce flames; to burn with a flame or blaze.
    • Shakespeare
      The main blaze of it is past, but a small thing would make it flame again.
  2. To burst forth like flame; to break out in violence of passion; to be kindled with zeal or ardour.
    • Macaulay
      He flamed with indignation.
  3. (Internet, transitive, intransitive) To post a destructively critical or abusive message (to somebody).
    I flamed him for spamming in my favourite newsgroup.

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flame (not comparable)

  1. Of a brilliant reddish orange-gold colour, like that of a flame.

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flame

  1. first-person singular present indicative of flamer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of flamer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of flamer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of flamer
  5. second-person singular imperative of flamer

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Latin flamma

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flame f (oblique plural flames, nominative singular flame, nominative plural flames)

  1. flame

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