Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Fire (classical element)
Fire has been an important part of all cultures and religions from pre-history to modern day and was vital to the development of civilization. It has been regarded in many different contexts throughout history, but especially as a metaphysical constant of the world.
FIRE may stand for:
- Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties organization
- Fully Integrated Robotised Engine, a model of engine produced by Fiat
- Future Internet Research and Experimentation
- Finnish Intelligence Research Establishment, a Finnish signals intelligence unit
- FIRE economy, a segment of the stock market: Finance, Insurance, Real Estate
- Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals, a network of Reformed Baptist churches
Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the chemical process of combustion.
Fire may also refer to:
Fire is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine from the DC Comics universe. A version of her first appeared in Super Friends #25, (October 1979), and was created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon. Her first appearance in mainstream DC Universe canon was Infinity, Inc. #32 (November 1986).
Fire (U2 song)
"Fire" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the fifth track on the band's 1981 album, October, and was released that year as the album's first single.
Fire (Image Comics)
Fire was originally a two-issue creator-owned comic book mini-series written and drawn by Brian Michael Bendis and published by Caliber Comics. It was later republished as a single volume by Image Comics.
Fire was among Bendis's first works to draw critical acclaim. Its success gave him a much wider audience and helped pave the way for A.K.A. Goldfish and Jinx.
Fire (Bruce Springsteen song)
"Fire" is a song written by Bruce Springsteen in 1977 which had its highest profile as a 1978 single release by The Pointer Sisters.
Fire (artscene group)
Fire, later known as Fire Graphics, was an underground computer artscene group that released ANSI, ASCII, and high resolution artwork from 1994 to 1998.
Fire (Ohio Players album)
Fire is the sixth studio album by the Ohio Players and the second released through the Mercury label.
Fire (Ferry Corsten song)
"Fire" by Ferry Corsten is a trance song that was released as a single in 2005, as well as appearing on Ferry Corsten's 2006 album L.E.F. It features vocals by Simon Le Bon (of the popular 80's band Duran Duran) from the 1990 song " Serious" by Duran Duran, which were re-recorded by Le Bon rather than sampled from the original song. A compilation of eight different remixes, also called "Fire", was released in 2006. The song received wide play throughout Europe through 2006 on commercial radio stations.
Fire (Kelis song)
Fire was a late 1960s/early 1970s band that consisted of Dave Lambert (who later joined Strawbs), Bob Voice and Dick Duffall (Paul Brett Sage). Brett himself joined them for their now classic Magic Shoemaker LP recorded at Pye Studios London, in 1970. This vinyl LP has been in the UK's top 10 of collectable vinyl, being listed in Millers Antique Collectable guide. A 2008 archival release, The Magic Shoemaker Live, features live recordings of the original Fire line up, plus Paul Brett and Dave Cousins ( Strawbs), with Ray Hammond as the narrator.
Fire (instant messaging client)
Fire is an instant messaging client for Mac OS X (previously for OPENSTEP), that can access IRC, XMPP, AIM, ICQ, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Bonjour. All services are built on GPL’d libraries, including firetalk, libfaim, libicq2000, libmsn, XMPP, and libyahoo2. Fire supports OS X v10.1 and higher.
The latest version of Fire is 1.5.6. The program is released under the GNU General Public License.
On 2007-02-23, it was announced that there would be no future versions of Fire released. The official Fire website stated there were several reasons, the biggest being the loss of developers, followed by the fact that most of the libraries used by Fire are no longer in active development. Two of Fire's developers joined the Adium team and wrote a transition path for users to move from Fire to Adium. The announcement recommended Adium for future IM needs.
Fire (Electric Six album)
Fire is the debut album of Electric Six, released in 2003. The album received generally positive critical reviews. Rolling Stone called the album "the summer's most brilliantly demented party record" and Blender hailed the music as "convincingly ferocious". Three singles were released from the album: " Danger! High Voltage", which reached #10 in the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #2 in the UK Singles Chart; " Gay Bar", which reached #5 in the UK Singles Chart; and " Dance Commander", which reached #40 in the UK Singles Chart. Fire went gold in the United Kingdom on September 5, 2003. Later that year, the album was re-released with a bonus DVD containing the music videos for all three singles from the album.
Fire (1996 film)
Fire is a 1996 Indian-Canadian romantic drama film written and directed by Deepa Mehta and starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das. It is the first installment of Mehta's Elements trilogy; it is succeeded by Earth (1998) and Water (2005).
The film is loosely based on Ismat Chughtai's 1942 story, Lihaaf (The Quilt). It was one of the first mainstream films in India to explicitly show homosexual relations. After its 1998 release in India, certain groups staged several protests, setting off a flurry of public dialogue around issues such as homosexuality and freedom of speech.
Fire (The Jimi Hendrix Experience song)
"Fire" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in early 1967. It has been described as "an exercise in soul, psychedelic rock, and polyrhythmic jazz-inspired drumming" by AllMusic critic Matthew Greenwald. The song was remixed in stereo for the American release of the album. In 1969, it was released as a stereo single in the UK with the title "Let Me Light Your Fire". One of Hendrix's most popular songs, he frequently played it in concert. Several live recordings have been released and the original song is included on numerous Hendrix compilations, such as Smash Hits, Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, and Fire: The Jimi Hendrix Collection.
Fire (TV series)
Following the cessation of support for the original series by QLD Fire Services, The Royal Australian Air Force Fire Training School provided practical fire ground training for the crew of the next series featuring Totty Goldsmith and Andy Anderson. The then Commanding Officer was highly impressed with their application, and their desire to "Get into the role". Fire fighting aside, Andy Anderson's role in the series was to assume Command on promotion and the Air Force provided him with advice as to how that was managed.
Fire is an Australian television series transmitted on the Seven Network between 1995 and 1996. It was shown in the UK & Ireland on Sky One. In 1999 and 2000, the series was shown on Channel 5.
The series explored the lives of a platoon of firefighters. The leading cast members included: Andy Anderson, Georgie Parker, Peter Phelps, Shane Connor, Deborra-Lee Furness, Danny Adcock, Wayne Pygram, Tottie Goldsmith, Liddy Clark, Aaron Jeffery, Tayler Kane and Max Phipps.
Fire (2002 film)
Fire is a Pakistani Urdu-language film which stars Meera, Reema, Nirma, Saud (actor) and Moammar Rana.
Fire (Necro song)
"Fire" is a song by American rapper Necro, released on October 24, 2003. It was the only single from the mixtape Brutality Part 1, released that year.
Fire (Wild Orchid album)
Fire was the third album by Wild Orchid, which was scheduled to be released on June 19, 2001. This was the group's final release with Ferguson, as well as their final release as a trio and with RCA Records.
Fire (Wu Xing)
In Chinese philosophy, fire is the prosper of the matter, or the matter's prosperity stage. Fire is the second phase of Wu Xing.
Fire is yang in character. Its motion is upward and its energy is expansive.
Fire is associated with Summer, the South, the planet Mars, the colour red (associated with extreme luck), hot weather, daylight, and the Vermilion Bird (Zhu Que) in the Four Symbols (which is associated with a red phoenix in Western culture).
Fire (The X-Files)
"Fire" is the twelfth episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on December 17, 1993. It was written by series creator Chris Carter, directed by Larry Shaw and featured guest appearances by Mark Sheppard and Amanda Pays. The episode is a "Monster-of-the-Week" story, unconnected to the series' wider mythology. "Fire" earned a Nielsen household rating of 6.8, being watched by 6.4 million households in its initial broadcast; and received mostly positive reviews from critics.
The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder ( David Duchovny) and Dana Scully ( Gillian Anderson) who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. In this episode, Mulder and Scully are visited by a Metropolitan Police detective who studied at Oxford University with Mulder; and who enlists their aid with a case involving a serial killer capable of pyrokinesis.
Due to its nature, the episode featured many dangerous stunts utilizing fire. In the scene where Mulder and L'Ively confront each other at either end of a corridor in the Marsden family home, and L'Ively sets fire to the entire hallway, Mark Sheppard, who played L'Ively, ducked out of the shot in order to protect himself from the intense heat. The only injury involved in the production was when David Duchovny burned his hand, leaving a small permanent scar. The character of Phoebe Green was considered as a recurring role, but this episode ended up being her only appearance.
Fire (Arthur Brown song)
"Fire" is a 1968 song written by Arthur Brown, Vincent Crane, Mike Finesilver, and Peter Ker. Performed by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, it was released as a single and on the band's debut album, also called The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The single reached no.1 in the UK (in August 1968) and in Canada. In October, it reached no.2 in the US Billboard charts and no.19 in Australia. It also got to no.3 in Germany, no.4 in France, no.6 in the Netherlands, no.7 in Austria, no.8 in Ireland, and no.18 in Finland. "Fire" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
The song is an example of the psychedelic rock of the period, though its lack of guitars or bass guitar distinguished it from many of its contemporaries. The lead instrument in this case was Vincent Crane's Hammond organ, augmented by an orchestral section featuring prominent brass. The singer's opening proclamation of himself as "the god of hellfire" became a lasting catchphrase. The song ends with the sound of a wind from hell.
During live performances and in the black and white promotional television clip, Brown performed the song wearing a burning helmet. The helmet was improvised with a leather skull cap onto which was bolted a metal dish that held lighter fluid or petrol. As the cap was not insulated, the heat from the burning fuel quickly conducted through the fixing bolt to the top of Brown's head, causing him considerable pain.
Two studio mixes of "Fire" have been officially released, one in stereo and one in mono. The mono mix features no brass. Both versions are included on the CD reissue of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The single B-side, "Rest Cure", was another track from the album.
Credit for the composition of "Fire" on the original vinyl single was to Arthur Brown and Vincent Crane only; however, Mike Finesilver and Peter Ker successfully sued for co-credit and royalties based on melodic similarities to their song "Baby, You're a Long Way Behind".
In Ronnie Wood's radioshow of 14 November 2011, both Wood and Alice Cooper claim that the bass is performed by Ron Wood, but Polly Marshall's biography of Arthur Brown states that "According to the-faces.com, Ronnie claims he played on the Track Records studio sessions recording Fire, but he must have confused it with the BBC session [of 8 April 1968]." There is no bass guitar on the recording, only bass pedals.
Fire (2NE1 song)
"Fire" is the debut single by South Korean girl group 2NE1. Released in May 2009, the song became a hit in all Korean charts. The song gained an instant huge success in South Korea and topped all on- and offline charts.
Fire (Rodgers novel)
Fire is an apocalyptic science fiction/horror novel by Alan Rodgers, published in 1990 as an original paperback from Bantam Books. It was reprinted by specialty publisher Wildside Press in 2000.
Vicente Serrano (born 1973) is a Mexican luchador, or professional wrestler, best known under the ring name "Fire", a Mini-Estrella, or "Mini". Since his debut in 1992 Serrano has worked mainly for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), in their Minis division, having held the CMLL World Mini-Estrella Championship in 1995/1996. Serrano has previously worked as Mascarita Mágica ( Spanish for "Little Magic Mask"), a miniature version of the original Máscara Mágica.
Fire (Krystal Meyers song)
"Fire" is the 3rd single off the album " Krystal Meyers", by Krystal Meyers. Fire peaked at No. 9 on the Christian Rock Charts.
Fire (Cashore novel)
Fire is a fantasy novel by Kristin Cashore, a companion book to her debut novel, Graceling. It tells the story of a young monster in the shape of a human who is hated because of her difference and supernatural abilities. The novel debuted at number four on The New York Times Best Seller list and won several awards.
Fire (Ohio Players song)
"Fire" is a hit song by R&B/funk band Ohio Players. The song was the opening track from the album of the same name and hit #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 (where it was succeeded by Linda Ronstadt's " You're No Good") and the Hot Soul Singles chart in early 1975. It spent five weeks atop the soul chart. "Fire" was the Ohio Players' only entry on the new disco/dance chart, where it peaked at #10. The tune is considered to be the band's signature song along with " Love Rollercoaster."
The song was recorded at Mercury Records' Chicago-based studio. While performing it in California, the band let Stevie Wonder hear the basic track for the song and he predicted that it would become a big hit. The song is noted for its sound of a siren recorded from a fire truck, heard at the beginning, as well as in the instrumental break in the middle. The edit version avoided much of the repetition of the music.
A cover of the song was released by Canadian New Wave band Platinum Blonde on their third album Contact in 1987. Another cover, also from 1987, is featured on the album Rhythm Killers by Sly and Robbie, produced by Bill Laswell. For their 2014 album For the Love of Money, industrial hip hop outfit Tackhead covered the song.
It is currently used as the theme song to the FOX reality series Hell's Kitchen.
The guitar solo break was frequently used as an outro from the Top Ten segment by The CBS Orchestra on Late Show with David Letterman, with the song's ending added during presentation of the Top Ten on Letterman's final show in 2015. It was also sampled for Da Lench Mob's rap "You and Your Heroes" from Guerillas in tha Mist, and was referenced in the song "Sweet Revenge" by the Japanese pop group Dreams Come True.
The composer of Wild Cherry's hit song " Play That Funky Music" has indicated that "Fire" was the inspiration.
Fire is a 1985 Dora Award winning musical by Paul Ledoux and David Young. The musical is based loosely on the story of Jerry Lee Lewis and his cousin Jimmy Swaggart and the divergent paths their lives took.
The musical follows the lives of the character "Cale Blackwell", based on real-life story of Jerry Lee Lewis and his brother "Herchel Blackwell" which is based on Lewis' real-life cousin Jimmy Swaggart. Herchel follows in the footsteps of his father, the reverend Blackwell's, as a preacher. Herchel's father is proud of him but does not approve of his son's use of the radio and then television while pioneering televangelism. The Reverend JD Blackwell is almost immediately disappointed with Cale who quickly finds fame as a Boogie-Woogie star and wallows in an accompanying life of rebellion against society and his own upbringing. Both brothers fall in love with their mutual childhood sweetheart "Molly King".
Ultimately neither brother can claim to have led a moral life, and both had succumbed to their own flaws.
Fire (Yes, Yes Y'all)
"Fire (Yes, Yes Y'all)" (simply known as "Fire") is a song by American rapper Joe Budden, featuring Busta Rhymes. Produced by Just Blaze, the song is the second single from Budden's 2003 eponymous debut album.
The song was featured during the party scene in the movie Mean Girls. It was also featured in the pool scene of the pilot episode of Entourage. Joe Budden had made a remix with Paul Cain and Fabolous which appeared on the latter's mixtape, "More Street Dreams, Pt. 2: The Mixtape".
Fire (Swedish hardrock band)
Fire was a Swedish hard rock band from the Uppsala region, active 1980-1989. For a number of years FIRE dominated the music scene in their native Björklinge north of Uppsala.
The band members were Robert Larsson (bass), Niklas Jonsson (drums), Örjan Englund (keyboard), and Robert Dahlin (guitar). During the early years they only wrote songs in Swedish of which the legendary Ungdomen ("Youth") and Fånge nummer 31 ("Prisoner number 31") are perhaps the best known. In the early 80s, they started to write songs in English and had a local radio hit with the catchy tune You're not a soldier. When Lolita Pop visited Björklinge in 1984, FIRE was the opening act.
All band members contributed with song writing although most of their Swedish song were written by Jonsson and Dahlin, while most of their English songs were written by Dahlin with the occasional contribution by Jonsson/Englund.
It became ArMI in 1987, then Fire in 1990. The magazine Fire, owned by the mercenaries Bob Denard and Christian Tavernier, was discontinued in 2002.
These magazines were sold at newsstands in Belgium, France and Switzerland.
FIRE (Maltese band)
FIRE is a rock band from Malta. Founded in 1998, the band's line-up includes vocalist Kenneth Calleja, guitarists Joe Vella and Robert Longo, bassist Trevor Catania and drummer Robert Spiteri. The band has released three albums, which have received favorable reviews.
Fire (Lacuna Coil song)
"Fire" is a song from Lacuna Coil's sixth studio album Dark Adrenaline.
Fire (Elfgren and Strandberg novel)
Fire is the second part of the Engelsfors trilogy by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren and the sequel to Cirkeln. It takes place about 10 weeks after the events of the first novel. It follows the same fantasy like the first and further develops themes of horror fiction, psychological realism and an unreliable narrator(s). The plot also makes analogies to the effects of global warming on Sweden's subarctic climate and the group behaviour dynamics of political, religious and ideological extremist groups.
Fire (Kasabian song)
"Fire" is a song by English rock band Kasabian and is the lead single from their third album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. It was released 1 June 2009. On the week of its release it debuted at #3 in the UK Singles chart, making it their first UK Top 3 entry and their highest charting single to date as well as their fourth UK Top 10 single. It debuted at #44 in the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and has so far peaked #41.
The song featured in Callaway's 2010 Super Bowl commercial. The song is the official song of the Premier League from the 2010-11 season up to the 2012-13 season. This meant the song (different segments of it) was present in most of the BPL Shows produced by Premier League Productions which was broadcast around the world. A purported remix of the song is still currently the theme tune of Kick Off, the show produced by PL Productions before the main Matchday Live coverage. The song is also currently used by the band's home town team, Leicester City as goal music. It is also featured in the F1 2010 video game.
In October 2011, NME placed it at number 65 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".
Fire (Shinee song)
Fire is the seventh Japanese single by South Korean boy group Shinee. The single was released on March 13, 2013, as their last release under EMI Music Japan. On April 4, 2013, EMI revealed that "Fire" will be the ending song for the channel TBS TV show, "Matsuko no shiranai sekai (The world that is unknown to Matsuko)", starting from April 19 (Friday) 0:45~ that airs 1 hour special episode.
Fire (Big Sean song)
"Fire" is a song by American recording artist Big Sean from his second studio album Hall of Fame (2013). It was released on August 20, 2013 by GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings as the fourth single from the record. It was written and produced by Darhyl Camper Jr. and Rob Kinelski of Cocaine 80s, with additional songwriting provided by Big Sean and Alexander Izquierdo of The Monsters and the Strangerz. "Fire" is a hip hop song that lyrically describes the perseverance to overcome personal difficulties.
"Fire" received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who compared it the catalogs of fellow rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z, and recognized it as a standout track from Hall of Fame. The song peaked at number 19 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles component chart to the Billboard Hot 100, and reached number 46 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. An accompanying music video was premiered through Vevo on August 2, 2013, and featured American recording artist Miley Cyrus; critics primarily focused on the continuation of the increasingly provocative image she established earlier in the year.
Fire (Part 1)
"Fire" (Part 1) is the season premiere of the fourth season of the American police drama television series Homicide: Life on the Street. It originally aired on NBC on October 20, 1995. The episode was written by Julie Martin (from a story by Tom Fontana and Henry Bromell) and was directed by Tim Hunter. The two-part story centres on Pembleton and Bayliss' investigation into a pair of arson-related homicides, and introduces a new regular character, Arson Squad detective Mike Kellerman (played by Reed Diamond), who subsequently transfers to Homicide and partners with Det. Meldrick Lewis. This episode also flagged the permanent departure of regular characters Henry Bolander ( Ned Beatty) and Beau Felton ( Daniel Baldwin).
Fire (Part 2)
"Fire (Part 2)" is the second, concluding part of the two-part season premiere of the fourth season of the American police drama television series Homicide: Life on the Street. It originally aired on NBC on October 27, 1995. Both parts were written by Julie Martin (from a story by Tom Fontana and Henry Bromell); Part 1 was directed by Tim Hunter, and Part 2 by Nick Gomez. This episode concludes the investigation of a pair of arson-related homicides, led by detectives Pembleton and Bayliss, with their Arson Squad colleague Det. Mike Kellerman.
Fire (Dead by Sunrise song)
"Fire" is a song by American rock band Dead by Sunrise, which consists of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, as well as the band members of Julien-K. It is the third single of their debut album, Out of Ashes. It was released to the iTunes Store on December 4, 2009 in Australia and June 30, 2010 in Japan.
Fire (Autumn Hill song)
"Fire" is a song recorded by Canadian country music duo Autumn Hill for their debut studio album, Favourite Mistake (2013). The song was written by Tareya Green of Autumn Hill, Jamie Appleby, and Alyssa Reid. It was released through Wax Records as the third single from the album on August 20, 2013. "Fire" topped the Canadian Country Singles Sales Chart for the week ending August 28, 2013.
Fire (Michelle Williams song)
'' "Fire" is a song recorded by American recording artist Michelle Williams. It serves as the second single from her fourth album Journey to Freedom.
Fire (Hedningarna album)
Fire'' (stylized "fiRe''") is the fifth album released by Swedish group Hedningarna, translated to "The Heathens" for the international market. It is a compilation album put together to introduce the group outside Sweden, containing tracks from the albums Kaksi! and Tra.
Fire (Tessanne Chin song)
"Fire" is a single released by Jamaican recording artist Tessanne Chin under Justice League Music on May 5, 2015. "Fire" is Chin's first single released under Justice League Music.
Fire (Markus Feehily album)
Fire is the debut solo studio album by Irish singer-songwriter and former Westlife vocalist Markus Feehily. The album was released on October 16, 2015, via Harmoney Entertainment, as part of the Kobalt Music Group. The album includes the singles "Love is a Drug" and "Butterfly".
n. 1 (context uncountable English) A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bonding of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smolder. 2 (context countable English) Something that has produced or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire. vb. 1 (lb en transitive) To set (something) on fire. 2 (lb en transitive) To heat without setting on fire, as ceramic, metal objects, etc. 3 (lb en transitive) To drive away by setting a fire. 4 (lb en transitive) To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), especially for cause (such as misconduct or poor performance). 5 (lb en transitive) To shoot (a device that launches a projectile or a pulse of stream of something). 6 (lb en intransitive) To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon. 7 (lb en transitive sports) To shoot; to attempt to score a goal.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1200, furen, "arouse, enflame, excite" (a figurative use); literal sense of "set fire to" is attested from late 14c., from fire (n.). The Old English verb fyrian "to supply with fire" apparently did not survive into Middle English. Related: Fired; firing.\n
\nMeaning "expose to the effects of heat or fire" (of bricks, pottery, etc.) is from 1660s. Meaning "to discharge artillery or a firearm" (originally by application of fire) is from 1520s; extended sense of "to throw (as a missile)" is from 1580s. Fire away in the figurative sense of "go ahead" is from 1775.\n
\nThe sense of "sack, dismiss from employment" is recorded by 1885 (with out; 1887 alone) in American English. This probably is a play on the two meanings of discharge (v.): "to dismiss from a position," and "to fire a gun," influenced by the earlier general sense "throw (someone) out" of some place (1871). To fire out "drive out by or as if by fire" (1520s) is in Shakespeare and Chapman. Fired up "angry" is from 1824 (to fire up "become angry" is from 1798).\n
Old English fyr "fire, a fire," from Proto-Germanic *fur-i- (cognates: Old Saxon fiur, Old Frisian fiur, Old Norse fürr, Middle Dutch and Dutch vuur, Old High German fiur, German Feuer "fire"), from PIE *perjos, from root *paəwr- (cognates: Armenian hur "fire, torch," Czech pyr "hot ashes," Greek pyr, Umbrian pir, Sanskrit pu, Hittite pahhur "fire").\n
\nCurrent spelling is attested as early as 1200, but did not fully displace Middle English fier (preserved in fiery) until c.1600.\n
\nPIE apparently had two roots for fire: *paewr- and *egni- (source of Latin ignis). The former was "inanimate," referring to fire as a substance, and the latter was "animate," referring to it as a living force (compare water (n.1)).\n\nBrend child fuir fordredeþ
["The Proverbs of Hendyng," c.1250]\nEnglish fire was applied to "ardent, burning" passions or feelings from mid-14c. Meaning "discharge of firearms, action of guns, etc." is from 1580s. To be on fire is from c.1500 (in fire attested from c.1400, as is on a flame "on fire"). To play with fire in the figurative sense "risk disaster, meddle carelessly or ignorantly with a dangerous matter" is by 1861, from the common warning to children. Phrase where's the fire?, said to one in an obvious hurry, is by 1917, American English.\n
\nFire-bell is from 1620s; fire-alarm as a self-acting, mechanical device is from 1808 as a theoretical creation; practical versions began to appear in the early 1830s. Fire-escape (n.) is from 1788 (the original so-called was a sort of rope-ladder disguised as a small settee); fire-extinguisher is from 1826. A fire-bucket (1580s) carries water to a fire. Fire-house is from 1899; fire-hall from 1867, fire-station from 1828. Fire company "men for managing a fire-engine" is from 1744, American English. Fire brigade "firefighters organized in a body in a particular place" is from 1838. Fire department, usually a branch of local government, is from 1805. Fire-chief is from 1877; fire-ranger from 1909.\n
\nSymbolic fire and the sword is by c.1600 (translating Latin flamma ferroque absumi); earlier yron and fyre (1560s), with suerd & flawme (mid-15c.), mid fure & mid here ("with fire and armed force"), c.1200. Fire-breathing is from 1590s. To set the river on fire, "accomplish something surprising or remarkable" (usually with a negative and said of one considered foolish or incompetent) is by 1830, often with the name of a river, varying according to locality, but the original is set the Thames on fire (1796). The hypothetical feat was mentioned as the type of something impossibly difficult by 1720; it circulated as a theoretical possibility under some current models of chemistry c.1792-95, which may have contributed to the rise of the expression.\n\n[A]mong other fanciful modes of demonstrating the practicability of conducting the gas wherever it might be required, he anchored a small boat in the stream about 50 yards from the shore, to which he conveyed a pipe, having the end turned up so as to rise above the water, and forcing the gas through the pipe, lighted it just above the surface, observing to his friends "that he had now set the river on fire."
["On the Origins and Progress of Gas-lighting," in "Repertory of Patent Inventions," vol. III, London, 1827]
n. the event of something burning (often destructive); "they lost everything in the fire"
the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire" [syn: firing]
a fireplace in which a fire is burning; "they sat by the fire and talked"
once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
a severe trial; "he went through fire and damnation"
v. start firing a weapon [syn: open fire]
cause to go off; "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet" [syn: discharge]
bake in a kiln so as to harden; "fire pottery"
terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers" [syn: give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate] [ant: hire]
drive out or away by or as if by fire; "The soldiers were fired"; "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"
provide with fuel; "Oil fires the furnace" [syn: fuel]
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Command \Com*mand"\, n.
An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction.
Awaiting what command their mighty chief Had to impose.
The possession or exercise of authority.
Command and force may often create, but can never cure, an aversion.
Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command.
Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey.
The steepy stand Which overlooks the vale with wide command.
Control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has command of the bridge.
He assumed an absolute command over his readers.
A body of troops, or any naval or military force or post, or the whole territory under the authority or control of a particular officer.
Syn: Control; sway; power; authority; rule; dominion; sovereignty; mandate; order; injunction; charge; behest. See Direction.
Usage examples of "fire".
Tane and Asara were firing on the first Aberrant creature, trying to dissuade it from the panicking manxthwa, but it held fast.
Chemical rockets in the nose fired to slow it, dirty ablation smoke was pouring out of all ninety-six brake drums.
These protected the main bodies by a process of ablation so that to the opposition each man appeared to flare up under fire like a living torch.
He did manage to use his fire magic on a few of them, setting their shirts and hair ablaze, and that forced the rest to reconsider their attack for a time.
Even the news that the Yorktown, after quelling the fires and resuming fleet speed, had been torpedoed in a second attack, was again ablaze and listing, and might be abandoned, could be taken in stride.
O Queen Rabesqurat, the haven of our voyage was Aklis, and we feared delay, seeing the fire of the mountain ablaze with expectations of us.
So they abode there, and made a fire by the waterside, and watched there, turn and turn about, till it was broad day.
Not only was it exceptionally lofty, and on one flank of that series of bluffs which has before been mentioned as constituting the line upon which the Confederate grip of the stream was based, but the tortuous character of the channel gave particular facilities for an enfilading fire on vessels both before and after they came abreast the works.
To support these and concentrate from the earliest moment as effective a fire as possible upon the works, Farragut brought his ironclads inside of the wooden vessels, and abreast the four leaders of that column.
Coming abreast of each other, Harry held his fire, prepared to suffer the shots of the four-pounders.
A hogshead of ale was abroach under an oak, and a fire was blazing in an open space before the trees to roast the fat deer which the foresters brought.
Grounders never got used to the fact that in orbit, you decelerated by firing your rockets to move into a higher, slower orbit, and accelerated by using your retros to drop into a lower, faster orbit.
Naxid missiles, Martinez realized, accelerated to relativistic velocities outside the system, then fired through the wormhole along the route they knew Chenforce had to take.
Three and a half days later the enemy raced past Zanshaa without firing a missile at Sula or anyone else, and accelerated on a path for the Vandrith gas giant.
Fire, the Acceptor of sacrifices, ravishing away from them their darkness, give the light.