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Words people most associate with “fire”:

  1. burn,
  2. hot,
  3. water,
  4. flame,
  5. ice

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Noun (9 meanings)

1. the event of something burning (often destructive).

fire

Example:
  • “they lost everything in the fire”
fire is a type of:
types of fire:
  • backfire (noun) - a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path
  • bonfire, balefire (noun) - a large outdoor fire that is lighted as a signal or in celebration
  • brush fire (noun) - an uncontrolled fire that consumes brush and shrubs and bushes
  • campfire (noun) - a small outdoor fire for warmth or cooking (as at a camp)
  • conflagration, inferno (noun) - a very intense and uncontrolled fire
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2. the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy.

fire, firing

Examples:
  • “hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes”,
  • “they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire”
fire is a type of:
types of fire:
  • concentrated fire, massed fire (noun) - fire from two or more weapons directed at a single target or area (as fire by batteries of two or more warships)
  • counterfire (noun) - fire intended to neutralize or destroy enemy weapons
  • counterpreparation fire (noun) - intensive prearranged fire delivered when the immanence of enemy attack is discovered
  • cover, covering fire (noun) - fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations
  • crossfire (noun) - fire from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross
  • destruction fire (noun) - fire delivered for the sole purpose of destroying material objects
  • direct fire (noun) - fire delivered on a target that is visible to the person aiming it
  • distributed fire (noun) - fire dispersed so as to engage effectively an area target
  • friendly fire, fratricide (noun) - fire that injures or kills an ally
  • fusillade, salvo, volley, burst (noun) - rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
  • grazing fire (noun) - fire approximately parallel to the ground
  • harassing fire (noun) - fire designed to disturb the rest of enemy troops and to curtail movement and to lower enemy morale
  • hostile fire (noun) - fire that injures or kills an enemy
  • indirect fire (noun) - fire delivered on a target that is not itself used as the point of aim for the weapons
  • interdiction fire (noun) - fire directed to an area to prevent the enemy from using that area
  • neutralization fire (noun) - fire that is delivered in order to render the target ineffective or unusable
  • observed fire (noun) - fire for which the point of impact (the burst) can be seen by an observer
  • preparation fire (noun) - fire delivered on a target in preparation for an assault
  • radar fire (noun) - gunfire aimed a target that is being tracked by radar
  • registration fire (noun) - fire delivered to obtain accurate data for subsequent effective engagement of targets
  • scheduled fire (noun) - prearranged fire delivered at a predetermined time
  • searching fire (noun) - fire distributed in depth by successive changes in the elevation of the gun
  • supporting fire (noun) - fire delivered by supporting units to protect or assist a unit in combat
  • suppressive fire (noun) - fire on or about a weapon system to degrade its performance below what is needed to fulfill its mission objectives
  • unobserved fire (noun) - fire for which the point of impact (the bursts) cannot be observed
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3. the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke.

fire, flame, flaming

Example:
  • “fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries”
fire is a type of:
  • combustion, burning (noun) - a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
types of fire:
  • blaze, blazing (noun) - a strong flame that burns brightly
  • flare (noun) - a sudden burst of flame
  • ignition (noun) - the process of initiating combustion or catching fire
fire is derivationally related to:
  • to burn, fire, burn down (verb) - destroy by fire
  • fiery, igneous (adjective) - like or suggestive of fire
  • to fire (verb) - bake in a kiln so as to harden
  • to flame (verb) - be in flames or aflame
  • to fuel, fire (verb) - provide with fuel

4. a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning.

fire

Example:
  • “they sat by the fire and talked”
fire is a type of:
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5. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles).

fire

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  • element (noun) - one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe
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6. feelings of great warmth and intensity.

ardor, ardour, fervor, fervour, fervency, fire, fervidness

Example:
  • “he spoke with great ardor”
fire is a type of:
types of fire:
  • zeal (noun) - excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end
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7. fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking.

fire

Examples:
  • “put the kettle on the fire”,
  • “barbecue over an open fire”
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  • fuel (noun) - a substance that can be consumed to produce energy

8. a severe trial.

fire

Example:
  • “he went through fire and damnation”
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9. intense adverse criticism.

fire, attack, flak, flack, blast

Examples:
  • “Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party”,
  • “the government has come under attack”,
  • “don't give me any flak”
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Verb (9 meanings)

1. start firing a weapon.

to open fire, fire

to fire is a way to:
to fire is derivationally related to:
  • fire, firing (noun) - the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

2. cause to go off.

to fire, discharge

Examples:
  • “fire a gun”,
  • “fire a bullet”
ways to fire:
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Cause:

3. bake in a kiln so as to harden.

to fire

Example:
  • “fire pottery”
to fire is a way to:
  • to bake (verb) - cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven
to fire is derivationally related to:
  • fire, flame, flaming (noun) - the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
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4. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position.

to displace, fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate

Examples:
  • “The boss fired his secretary today”,
  • “The company terminated 25% of its workers”
to fire is the opposite of:
to fire is a way to:
  • to remove (verb) - remove from a position or an office
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5. go off or discharge.

to fire, discharge, go off

Example:
  • “The gun fired”
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6. drive out or away by or as if by fire.

to fire

Examples:
  • “The soldiers were fired”,
  • “Surrender fires the cold skepticism”
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7. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses).

to arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke

Examples:
  • “arouse pity”,
  • “raise a smile”,
  • “evoke sympathy”
to fire is a way to:
  • to make, create (verb) - make or cause to be or to become
ways to fire:
  • to anger (verb) - make angry
  • to draw (verb) - elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.
  • to excite (verb) - arouse or elicit a feeling
  • to hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spite (verb) - hurt the feelings of
  • to infatuate (verb) - arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way
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8. destroy by fire.

to burn, fire, burn down

Example:
  • “They burned the house and his diaries”
to fire is a way to:
ways to fire:
  • to backfire (verb) - set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
  • to cremate (verb) - reduce to ashes
  • to scorch (verb) - destroy completely by or as if by fire
  • to torch (verb) - burn maliciously, as by arson
to fire is derivationally related to:
  • burn, burn mark (noun) - a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body)
  • burnable, ignitable, ignitible (adjective) - capable of burning
  • fire (noun) - a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning
  • fire (noun) - the event of something burning (often destructive)
  • fire, flame, flaming (noun) - the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
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9. provide with fuel.

to fuel, fire

Example:
  • “Oil fires the furnace”
to fire is a way to:
to fire is derivationally related to:
  • fire, flame, flaming (noun) - the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
  • fuel (noun) - a substance that can be consumed to produce energy