Definition of wildfire in English:

wildfire

Syllabification: wild·fire
Pronunciation: /ˈwīldˌfīr
 
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noun

  • 1A large, destructive fire that spreads quickly over woodland or brush.
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    • 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.
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    • Aegon bellowed as he poured wildfire on Stokeworth.

Phrases

spread like wildfire

Spread with great speed: the news had spread like wildfire
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  • 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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