Definition of wildfire in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwīldˌfī(ə)r/


1A large, destructive fire that spreads quickly over woodland or brush.
Example sentences
  • Prolonged dry periods and seasonal high winds in spring help create ideal conditions for wildfire to spread quickly through highly-flammable moorland undergrowth.
  • The wildfire quickly spreads, consuming the thick, dried-out vegetation and almost everything else in its path.
  • More and more western communities surrounded by forests are responding to the threat of destructive wildfire with a wide range of economic and policy changes.
2 historical A combustible liquid such as Greek fire that was readily ignited and difficult to extinguish, used especially in warfare.
Example sentences
  • Aegon bellowed as he poured wildfire on Stokeworth.
3 less common term for will-o'-the-wisp.
Example sentences
  • The moving lights which are called ball lightning when they occur indoors become wildfire or will-o'-the-wisps in the open air.


spread like wildfire

Spread with great speed: the news had spread like wildfire
More example sentences
  • Normally such riots on such an emotive issue would spread like wildfire across the country.
  • Sometimes it's word of mouth, playground chat that spreads like wildfire.
  • If they come across something good, word of mouth spreads like wildfire.

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Syllabification: wild·fire

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