- (uncountable) 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, smouldering.
- (countable) Something that has produced or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire.
verb (fir, ing)
- We sat around the singing songs and telling stories.
- (countable) The, often accidental, occurrence of fire in a certain place leading to its full or partial destruction.
- There was a at the school last night and the whole place burned down.
- During hot and dry summers many fires in forests are caused by regardlessly discarded cigarette butts.
- (uncountable, alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
- (context, India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (see w:Classical_element, Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
- (countable, UK) A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).
- (countable) The elements necessary to start a fire.
- The was laid and needed to be lit.
- (uncountable) The in-flight bullets or other projectiles shoot, shot from a gun.
- The from the enemy guns kept us from attacking.
- (transitive) To set (something) on fire.
Etymology: From (term, fier) < (term, fyr) < (proto, Germanic, fuir) < (proto, Indo-European, perjos, , paewr-, fire, inanimate noun (PIE.) also had the root Appendix:Proto-Indo-European , which was an animate noun). Akin to Dutch (term, vuur), German (term, Feuer), Greek (term, sc=Grek, á, tr=pÅr), Old English (term, bÅl).
- (rfdate, author) 1898 "Then I slipped up again with a box of matches, fired my heap of paper and rubbish, put the chairs and bedding thereby, led the gas to the affair, by means of an india-rubber tube, and waving a farewell to the room left it for the last time.
- (rfdate) "You fired the house!" exclaimed Kemp.
- (RQ:Wells Invisible) Chapter 20,
- : "Fired the house. It was the only way to cover my trail"and no doubt it was insured."
- (transitive) To shoot (a gun or other explosive propelled device).
- We will our guns at the enemy.
- (transitive) To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), usually because of the misconduct or poor performance of the employee (as opposed to "make redundant" or "lay off", where the employee"s actions are not the reason for the termination).
- She should the employee that stole from the company.
- (transitive) To heat (pottery, ceramic, etc.), usually in a kiln to make the clay nonsoluble or to affix a glaze.
- If you the pottery at too high a temperature, it may crack.
- (intransitive) To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon.
- Don't until you see the whites of their eyes.
- (intransitive, physiology) To cause an action potential in a cell.
- When a neuron fires, it transmits information.
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