- [noun] the event of something burning (often destructive); "they lost everything in the fire"
- [noun] the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke; "fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"
Synonyms: flame, flaming
- [noun] 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"
- [noun] a fireplace in which a fire is burning; "they sat by the fire and talked"
- [noun] intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"
Synonyms: attack, flak, flack, blast
- [noun] feelings of great warmth and intensity; "he spoke with great ardor"
Synonyms: ardor, ardour, fervor, fervour, fervency, fervidness
- [noun] once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
- [noun] a severe trial; "he went through fire and damnation"
- [verb] start firing a weapon
- [verb] cause to go off; "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet"
- [verb] bake in a kiln so as to harden; "fire pottery"
- [verb] terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
Synonyms: give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate
- [verb] go off or discharge; "The gun fired"
Synonyms: discharge, go off
- [verb] drive out or away by or as if by fire; "The soldiers were fired"; "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"
- [verb] call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
Synonyms: arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, raise, provoke
- [verb] destroy by fire; "They burned the house and his diaries"
Synonyms: burn, burn down
- [verb] provide with fuel; "Oil fires the furnace"
loose off, let fly, let drive
- pension off
- clean out
furlough, lay off
- squeeze out
dismiss, send packing, send away, drop
strike a chord, touch a chord
invite, ask for
inflame, stir up, wake, ignite, heat, fire up
stimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stir
upset, discompose, untune, disconcert, discomfit
hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spite
overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtake
- brush fire
- forest fire
- antiaircraft fire
barrage, barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shelling
fusillade, salvo, volley, burst
- call fire
cover, covering fire
concentrated fire, massed fire
- counterpreparation fire
- destruction fire
- direct fire
- distributed fire
friendly fire, fratricide
- hostile fire
- grazing fire
- harassing fire
- indirect fire
- interdiction fire
- neutralization fire
- observed fire
- preparation fire
- radar fire
- registration fire
- scheduled fire
- searching fire
- supporting fire
- suppressive fire
- unobserved fire
artillery fire, cannon fire