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
Synonyms: open_fire
Related terms: shoot
3. [ noun ] (military) the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
Synonyms: firing

"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
Synonyms: discharge

"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

"fire pottery"

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
Synonyms: flame flaming

"fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"

Related terms: combustion blaze flare burn flame
8. [ verb ] (arms) go off or discharge
Synonyms: go_off 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
Synonyms: burn burn_down

"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"

Related terms: chase_away
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
Synonyms: fuel

"Oil fires the furnace"

Related terms: supply
16. [ noun ] a severe trial

"he went through fire and damnation"

Related terms: trial
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
Similar spelling:   Fiore