|1.||[ noun ] the event of something burning (often destructive)|
"they lost everything in the fire"
|Related terms:||happening campfire bonfire brush_fire grassfire smudge smoulder conflagration forest_fire burn|
|2.||[ verb ] (arms) start firing a weapon|
|3.||[ noun ] (military) 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"
|Related terms:||attack fusillade cover artillery_fire barrage supporting_fire concentrated_fire broadside neutralization_fire counterpreparation_fire counterfire flak registration_fire destruction_fire grazing_fire harassing_fire indirect_fire interdiction_fire crossfire observed_fire preparation_fire radar_fire unobserved_fire scheduled_fire searching_fire suppressive_fire fratricide hostile_fire distributed_fire direct_fire call_fire open_fire|
|4.||[ verb ] (arms) cause to go off|
"fire a gun" "fire a bullet"
|Related terms:||shoot pop loose_off fusillade discharge|
|5.||[ verb ] (food) bake in a kiln so as to harden|
|Related terms:||bake cooking|
|6.||[ verb ] (work) terminate the employment of|
|Synonyms:||can give_the_axe terminate send_away sack force_out dismiss give_the_sack give_notice|
"The boss fired his secretary today" "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
|Related terms:||hire remove retire squeeze_out furlough dismiss pension_off drive_out dismissal|
|7.||[ noun ] (chemistry) the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke|
"fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"
|Related terms:||combustion blaze flare burn flame|
|8.||[ verb ] (arms) go off or discharge|
"The gun fired"
|Related terms:||explode discharge|
|9.||[ noun ] a fireplace in which a fire is burning|
"they sat by the fire and talked"
|Related terms:||fireplace cookfire burn|
|10.||[ noun ] (archaic) once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)|
|Related terms:||element archaism|
|11.||[ noun ] feelings of great warmth and intensity|
|Synonyms:||fervor ardour fervour fervency fervidness ardor|
"he spoke with great ardor"
|Related terms:||passion zeal|
|12.||[ verb ] destroy by fire|
"They burned the house and his diaries"
|Related terms:||destroy cremate torch backfire scorch burn burn burn burn|
|13.||[ verb ] drive out or away by or as if by fire|
"The soldiers were fired" "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"
|14.||[ verb ] call forth; of emotions, feelings, and responses|
|Synonyms:||arouse evoke elicit provoke raise kindle enkindle|
"arouse pity" "raise a smile" "evoke sympathy"
|Related terms:||make excite overwhelm invite draw interest stimulate hurt upset anger inflame strike_a_chord infatuate rekindle shame prick arousal incitement|
|15.||[ verb ] provide with fuel|
"Oil fires the furnace"
|16.||[ noun ] a severe trial|
"he went through fire and damnation"
|17.||[ noun ] intense adverse criticism|
|Synonyms:||attack flack blast flak|
"Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party" "the government has come under attack" "don't give me any flak"
|Related terms:||criticism attack|