Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
A pyre (; pyrá, from , pyr, "fire"), also known as a funeral pyre, is a structure, usually made of wood, for burning a body as part of a funeral rite or execution. As a form of cremation, a body is placed upon or under the pyre, which is then set on fire.
Pyre (comics)The character is not to be confused with the Milestone Comics villain Holocaust (often referred to as Pyre), who was once a member of the Blood Syndicate.
Pyre is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. He first appeared in during the Venom: Funeral Pyre miniseries in 1993.
Pyre (video game)
Pyre is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed by Supergiant Games, to be released in 2017 on Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pyre \Pyre\, n. [L. pure, Gr. ?, fr. ? fire. See Fire.] A funeral pile; a combustible heap on which the dead are burned; hence, any pile to be burnt.
For nine long nights, through all the dusky air,
The pyres thick flaming shot a dismal glare.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1650s, from Latin pyra and directly from Greek pyra "funeral pyre; altar for sacrifice; any place where fire is kindled," from pyr "fire," cognate with Old English fyr (see fire (n.)).
n. 1 A funeral pile; a combustible heap on which corpses are burned. 2 Any heap or pile of combustibles.
n. wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite [syn: funeral pyre]
Usage examples of "pyre".
They asperged the body with water and Tibor said prayers for the memory of the dead sailor before lighting the dry reeds he had woven through the lower layers of the pyre.
Jubilant, they set fire to Boaster and the Companions, preparing a victory pyre.
Then he backed away from the pyre, and took off towards the slope on which he and de Bono had fought.
The attempts made to level the pyre only served to scatter the blazing faggots, endangering those who stood near, and such as were thrust into dangerous proximity by the press of the crowd.
As Andri was laid beside his brothers and sisters on the burgeoning pyre, she thought Hadriax el Fex had better be worth it.
The funeral pyre was lit, the fire building steadily around the body of Qui-Gon Jinn, the flames slowly beginning to envelop and consume him.
Another possibility was that Vale was buried in the pyre, so Richter began kicking the trash away.
Pyre watched in morbid fascination as a mojo came in from above and behind one of the larger birds, swooping down with talons ready.
During that time Pyre had also heard someone else poking around the edges of the wood, whistling occasionally as he apparently searched for the mojo Pyre had killed.
Between the litter and the pyre waited one last contingent, robed in unadorned black.
Sigfrid sang with arms lifted toward the heavens, and Ermanrich, who was quite overcome but eminently practical, dragged him bodily back as the pyre heaved and shifted like a creature coming awake.
Tiarondians echoed her words in an earth-shaking roar, the Suffragan plunged her torch into the center of the pyre.
I thought of the pyre of the barracoon, empty beneath a moonless sky that now and then let drop a brief weak fall of rain.
In the original poem, Brynhild delays her self-immolation on the pyre of Siegfried to read the assembled choristers a homily on the efficacy of the Love panacea.
It was Passepartout himself, who had slipped upon the pyre in the midst of the smoke and, profiting by the still overhanging darkness, had delivered the young woman from death!