- 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 stove). The curtains were enveloped in a sheet of flame.
- 2[uncountable] a bright red or orange color a flame-red car
- 3[countable] (literary) a very strong feeling a flame of passion see also old flame
- 4[countable] (informal) an angry or insulting message sent to someone by e-mail or on the Internet Idioms
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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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