Balefire Bale"fire` (b[=a]l"f[imac]r), n. [AS. b[=ae]lf[=y]r the fire of the funeral pile; b[=ae]l fire, flame (akin to Icel. b[=a]l, OSlav. b[=e]l[u^], white, Gr. falo`s bright, white, Skr. bh[=a]la brightness) + f[=y]r, E. fire.] A signal fire; an alarm fire. [1913 Webster]

Sweet Teviot! on thy silver tide The glaring balefires blaze no more. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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  • balefire — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bǣlfȳr funeral fire, from bǣl pyre + fȳr fire Date: before 12th century an outdoor fire often used as a signal fire …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • balefire — /bayl fuyeur /, n. 1. a large fire in the open air; bonfire. 2. a signal fire; beacon. 3. the fire of a funeral pile. [1250 1300; ME bal(e)fir, equiv. to bale ( < ON bal funeral pyre) + fire FIRE; r. OE baelfyr] * * * …   Universalium

  • balefire — noun an outdoor fire, such as pyre, bonfire, signal fire, etc. See Also: bale, fire …   Wiktionary

  • balefire — Synonyms and related words: Roman candle, aid to navigation, alarm, amber light, backfire, beacon, beacon fire, bell, bell buoy, blaze, blinker, blue peter, bonfire, buoy, burning ghat, campfire, caution light, cheerful fire, combustion,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • balefire — n. large outdoor fire, bonfire …   English contemporary dictionary

  • balefire — noun US a large open air fire. Origin OE: from obs. bale great fire + fire …   English new terms dictionary

  • balefire — bale·fire …   English syllables

  • balefire — bale•fire [[t]ˈbeɪlˌfaɪər[/t]] n. a large outdoor fire; bonfire • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME bal(e) fir, with ME bale bonfire < ON bāl funeral pyre, c. OE bǣl …   From formal English to slang

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