Definition of flame noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fleɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fleɪm//
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a hot bright stream of burning gas that comes from something that is on fire the tiny yellow flame of a match The flames were growing higher and higher. The building was in flames (= was burning). The plane burst into flame(s)(= suddenly began burning strongly). Everything went up in flames (= was destroyed by fire). Heat the olive oil over a moderate flame (= on a gas cooker/stove). The curtains were enveloped in a sheet of flame.
  2. 2 [uncountable] a bright red or orange colour a flame-red car
  3. 3[countable] (literary) a very strong feeling a flame of passion see also old flame
  4. 4[countable] (informal) an angry or insulting message sent to somebody by email or on the Internet See related entries: Email, Using the Internet
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French flame (noun), flamer (verb), from Latin flamma ‘a flame’.Extra examples All the historical records have gone up in flames. Ethnic tensions helped fuel the flames of civil war. Firefighters have been trying to control the flames. Flames danced in the gas lantern. Flames leaped from the burning house. Flames shot high into the air. He fought the flames for two hours. His childhood interest in the game had ignited a flame of passion for football. Men came with buckets of water and began to douse the flames. Never smoke near a naked flame. Never smoke or use spray paint near a naked flame. Orange flames were already licking around the foot of the stairs. Oxygen tanks fuelled the flames. She felt a flame of anger flicker and grow. Sheets of flame shot into the air. The aircraft was shot down in flames. The candle flame flickered and went out. The flame burned brightly. The flames lit up the skyline. The flames quickly spread and engulfed their home. The helicopter burst into flames. The infantry were equipped with flame throwers. The plane crashed in a ball of flames. They tried to get into to the house but were beaten back by the flames. They tried to rekindle the flames of romance. They watched the flames sweep through the old wooden barn. Winds fanned the flames. pork cooked over an open flameIdioms
    fan the flames (of something)
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    to make a feeling such as anger, hatred, etc. worse His writings fanned the flames of racism.
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