flame1 [fleım] n
↑flame, ↑wax, ↑wick
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin flamma 'flame']
1.) [U and C]
hot bright burning gas that you see when something is on fire
Flames poured out of the windows of the building.
They rushed past us with buckets of water and tried to douse the flames .
They sat around the campfire, watching the flickering flames .
A home video showed how quickly flames engulfed the building.
a candle flame
2.) in flames
burning in a way that is difficult to control
When we reached Mandalay it was in flames.
They escaped just as the house was engulfed in flames .
3.) go up in flames/burst into flames
to suddenly begin burning in a way that is difficult to control
The helicopter burst into flames after hitting a power line.
4.) a flame of anger/desire/passion etc
literary a strong feeling
Flames of desire shot through her.
an angry or rude email
old flame atold, naked flame atnaked, fan the flames atfan2 (2), add fuel to the fire/flames atadd
COLLOCATES for sense 1
douse flames (=pour water on them to make them stop burning)
fan flames (=make them burn more by waving something in front of them)
smother flames (=put something over them to make them stop burning)
flames flicker/dance (=they move)
flames engulf something (=they surround and burn something)
flames lick something (=they touch something lightly)
flames leap (=they go high into the air)
candle/coal/gas flame
naked flame (=one that is not enclosed)
flame 2
flame2 v
1.) [i]literary to become suddenly bright with light or colour, especially red or orange
Erica's cheeks flamed with anger.
2.) literary to burn brightly
A great fire flamed in an open fireplace.
3.) to send someone an angry or rude message in an email or on a ↑bulletin board

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