firelight

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Etymology[edit]

From fire + light

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Noun[edit]

firelight ‎(countable and uncountable, plural firelights)

  1. The light of a fire, such as from a campfire or fireplace.
    • 1891Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, ch XXXI
      He sat on by the cheerful firelight thrown from a bundle of green ash-sticks laid across the dogs; the sticks snapped pleasantly, and hissed out bubbles of sap from their ends.
    • 1936Robert E. Howard, The Hour of the Dragon, ch 8
      He glanced continually at the diamond-panes of the casement, gleaming dimly in the firelight, and cocked his ear toward the door, as if half expecting to hear the pad of furtive feet in the corridor without.
    • 1959Andre Norton, Voodoo Planet, ch IV
      Dane was startled out of the contemplation of his misery to see the medic on his knees before their row of canteens, the vial of water purifier held to the firelight for a closer inspection.

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