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fire US English

Combustion or burning, in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke

on fire US English

In flames; burning

bush fire US English

A fire in scrub or a forest, especially one that spreads rapidly

port-fire US English

A handheld fuse used for firing cannons, igniting explosives, etc.

draw fire US English

Attract hostile criticism, usually away from a more important target

fen-fire US English

A will-o'-the-wisp

fire away US English

Used to give someone permission to begin speaking, typically to ask questions

take fire US English

Start to burn

fire ant US English

A tropical American ant that has a painful and sometimes dangerous sting

fire door US English

A fire-resistant door to prevent the spread of fire

fire hose US English

A large-diameter hose used in extinguishing fires

fire line US English

A firebreak in a forest

fire opal US English

Another term for girasol111.

fire sale US English

A sale of goods remaining after the destruction of commercial premises by fire

fire step US English

A step or ledge on which soldiers in a trench stand to fire

sure-fire US English

Certain to succeed

gas fire US English

A domestic heating appliance which uses gas as its fuel

hang fire US English

Delay or be delayed in taking action or progressing

open fire US English

Begin to shoot a weapon

brush fire US English

A fire in brush or scrub

catch fire US English

Become ignited and burn

quick-fire US English

Unhesitating and rapid; in quick succession

rapid-fire US English

(Especially of something said in dialogue or done in a sequence) unhesitating and rapid

crown fire US English

A forest fire that spreads from treetop to treetop

under fire US English

Being shot at

fire alarm US English

A device making a loud noise that gives warning of a fire

fire coral US English

A colonial corallike hydrozoan, the heavy external skeleton of which forms reefs. The polyps bear nematocysts that can inflict painful stings

fire drill US English

A practice of the emergency procedures to be used in case of fire

fire-eater US English

An entertainer who appears to eat fire

fire engine US English

A vehicle carrying firefighters and equipment for fighting large fires

fire escape US English

A staircase or other apparatus used for escaping from a building on fire

fire irons US English

Implements for tending a domestic fire, typically tongs, a poker, and a shovel

Fire Island US English

A barrier island on the southern shore of Long Island in New York, the site of numerous small resort communities

fire-raiser US English

An arsonist

fire screen US English

A screen or grid placed in front of an open fire to deflect the direct heat or to protect against sparks

fire tongs US English

Tongs for handling pieces of coal and wood when tending a fire

fire tower US English

A tower, often at a high elevation, that especially in former years was staffed by a lookout for the detection of fires occurring over a wide area

fire trail US English

A track through forest or bush for use in fighting fires

fire truck US English

Another term for fire engine.

fire warden US English

A person employed to prevent or extinguish fires, especially in a town, camp, or forest

Greek fire US English

A combustible compound emitted by a flame-throwing weapon and used to set light to enemy ships. It was first used by the Greeks besieged in Constantinople (673–78). It ignited on contact with water, and was probably based on naphtha and quicklime

running fire US English

Successive gunshots from a line of troops

electric fire US English

An electrically operated incandescent or convector heater, typically a portable one for domestic use

friendly fire US English

Weapon fire coming from one’s own side, especially fire that causes accidental injury or death to one’s own forces

breathe fire US English

Be extremely angry

fire balloon US English

A balloon made buoyant by the heat of a fire burning at its mouth

fire blanket US English

A sheet of flexible material, typically woven fibreglass, used to smother a fire in an emergency

fire brigade US English

An organized body of people trained and employed to extinguish fires

fire company US English

Another term for fire department.

fire control US English

The process of targeting and firing heavy weapons

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