ETYM Old Eng. bonefire, banefire, orig. a fire of bones; bone + fire; but cf. also Prov. Eng. bun a dry stalk.
A large outdoor fire; SYN. balefire.
Sinonimi: native sulfur
ETYM Old Eng. brimston, bremston, bernston, brenston; cf. Icel. brennistein. Related to Burn, and Stone.
An old name for sulfur; SYN. native sulfur.
ETYM Latin conflagratio: cf. French conflagration.
A very intense and uncontrolled fire; SYN. inferno.
ETYM Old Eng. fir, fyr, fur as. fyr; akin to Dutch vuur, os. and Old High Germ. fiur, German feuer, Icel. fyri, fűrr, Greek pyr, and perh. to Latin purus pure, Eng. pure Cf. Empyrean, Pyre.
1. (Archaic) Flames; the (usually visible) result of combustion.
2. The process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke; SYN. flame, flaming.
3. A fireplace in which a fire is burning.
4. A severe trial.
5. Intense adverse criticism; SYN. attack, flak, blast.
6. The act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; SYN. firing.
7. The event of something burning (often destructive).
8. (Archaic) Once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe.
Symbol of purity, purification, or divinity in many religions and cultures, in which sacrifice is or has been a central ritual. In Christianity, however, the fires of hell are traditionally opposed to the light of God and heaven.
In classical antiquity, fire was the attribute of Hestia, goddess of hearth and home, and in Rome the Vestal Virgins guarded the sacred flame of Vesta in her shrine in the Forum. In classical mythology, fire was stolen from the gods and given to humans by Prometheus. In Indian Vedic ritual, Agni was honored as the sacrificial fire that mediated between gods and humans, and which was the responsibility of the Brahmans. In Zoroastrianism, fire is the son of the supreme god Ahura Mazda. A remnant of symbolic purification still persists in the bonfires lit at Hallowe'en to chase away evil spirits.
ETYM Old Eng. flame, flaume, flaumbe, Old Fren. flame, flambe, French flamme, from Latin flamma, from flamma, from flagrare to burn. Related to Flagrant, Flamneau, Flamingo.
1. A stream of burning vapor or gas, emitting light and heat; darting or streaming fire; a blaze; a fire.
2. Burning zeal or passion; elevated and noble enthusiasm; glowing imagination; passionate excitement or anger.
3. Ardor of affection; the passion of love.
4. A beloved person; a sweetheart.
ETYM Old Eng. light, liht, as. leóht; akin to os. lioht, Dutch and German licht, Old High Germ. lioht, Goth. liuhath, Icel. ljôs, Latin lux light, lucere to shine, Greek leykos white, Skr. ruc to shine. Related to Lucid, Lunar, Luminous, Lynx.
1. Having abundant light or illumination: or; SYN. lighting.
2. Any device serving as a source of visible light; SYN. light source.
3. An illuminated area.
4. A visual warning signal.
5. A particular perspective or aspect of a situation.
6. A condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination; SYN. illumination.
7. The visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures; SYN. lightness.
8. (Physics) Electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; SYN. visible light, visible radiation.
9. Public awareness.
10. Mental understanding as an enlightening experience.
11. A person regarded very fondly.
1. An abrupt closing (as of the mouth in biting or of scissors in cutting)
2. A small amount; bit
3. An act or instance of seizing abruptly; a sudden snatching at something; a quick short movement; a sudden sharp breaking
4. A sound made by snapping something; a brief sharp and usually irritable speech or retort
5. A sudden spell of weather
6. A catch or fastening that closes or locks with a click
7. A flat brittle cookie — compare gingersnap
9. The condition of being vigorous in body, mind, or spirit; alertness, energy; a pleasing vigorous quality
10. The act of a center's putting the football in play from its position on the ground by quickly passing
ETYM Old Fren. espirit, esperit, French esprit, Latin spiritus, from spirare to breathe, to blow. Related to Conspire, Expire, Esprit, Sprite.
1. A fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character.
2. Any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings.
3. The general atmosphere of a place or situation; SYN. tone, feel, feeling, flavor, look, smell.
4. The vital principle or animating force within living things.
5. Strong alcoholic beverage, other type of alcohol, or white spirit.
ETYM Gael. spong, or Irish sponc, tinder, sponge; cf. as. sponge a sponge (Latin spongia), spôn a chip. Related to Sponge, Punk.
1. Wood that readily takes fire; touchwood.
2. Courage or initiative; pluck.
1. A loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine.
2. A miscalculation that recoils on its maker; SYN. boomerang.