Flame
Flame Flame (fl[=a]m), n. [OE. flame, flaume, flaumbe, OF. flame, flambe, F. flamme, fr. L. flamma, fr. flamma, fr. flagrare to burn. See {Flagrant}, and cf. {Flamneau}, {Flamingo}.] 1. A stream of burning vapor or gas, emitting light and heat; darting or streaming fire; a blaze; a fire. [1913 Webster]

2. Burning zeal or passion; elevated and noble enthusiasm; glowing imagination; passionate excitement or anger. ``In a flame of zeal severe.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Where flames refin'd in breasts seraphic glow. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Smit with the love of sister arts we came, And met congenial, mingling flame with flame. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. Ardor of affection; the passion of love. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

4. A person beloved; a sweetheart. --Thackeray.

Syn: Blaze; brightness; ardor. See {Blaze}. [1913 Webster]

{Flame bridge}, a bridge wall. See {Bridge}, n., 5.

{Flame color}, brilliant orange or yellow. --B. Jonson.

{Flame engine}, an early name for the gas engine.

{Flame manometer}, an instrument, invented by Koenig, to obtain graphic representation of the action of the human vocal organs. See {Manometer}.

{Flame reaction} (Chem.), a method of testing for the presence of certain elements by the characteristic color imparted to a flame; as, sodium colors a flame yellow, potassium violet, lithium crimson, boracic acid green, etc. Cf. {Spectrum analysis}, under {Spectrum}.

{Flame tree} (Bot.), a tree with showy scarlet flowers, as the {Rhododendron arboreum} in India, and the {Brachychiton acerifolium} of Australia. [1913 Webster]


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  • flame — [flām] n. [ME < OFr flamme (< L flamma) & flambe < L flammula, dim. of flamma < base of flagrare, to burn: see FLAGRANT] 1. the burning gas or vapor of a fire, seen as a flickering light of various colors; blaze 2. a tongue of light… …   English World dictionary

  • Flame — Flame, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flaming}.] [OE. flamen, flaumben, F. flamber, OF. also, flamer. See {Flame}, n.] 1. To burn with a flame or blaze; to burn as gas emitted from bodies in combustion; to blaze. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flame — [n1] fire blaze, brightness, conflagration, flare, flash, holocaust, light, rapid oxidation, wildfire; concepts 478,521 flame [n2] lover; passion affection, ardor, baby, beau, beloved, boyfriend, darling, dear, desire, enthusiasm, fervor, fire,… …   New thesaurus

  • flame — flame; flame·less; flame·let; in·flame; flame·less·ly; …   English syllables

  • flame — ► NOUN 1) a hot glowing body of ignited gas produced by something on fire. 2) something thought of as burning fiercely or able to be extinguished: the flame of hope. 3) a brilliant orange red colour. ► VERB 1) give off flames. 2) apply a flame… …   English terms dictionary

  • Flame — [fleim] die; , s, auch das; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. flame, eigtl. »Flamme«, dies über altfr. flame, flamme aus lat. flamma> Wortgefecht, heftige Auseinandersetzung über E Mail im Internet …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Flame — Flame, v. t. To kindle; to inflame; to excite. [1913 Webster] And flamed with zeal of vengeance inwardly. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flame — flām vt, flamed; flam·ing to cleanse or sterilize by fire * * * (flām) 1. the luminous, irregular appearance usually accompanying combustion caused by the light emitted from energetically excited chemical species, or an appearance resembling …   Medical dictionary

  • flame — n blaze, flare, glare, glow (see under BLAZE vb) Analogous words: effulgence, radiance, brilliance or brilliancy, refulgence, luminosity, brightness (see corresponding adjectives at BRIGHT): ardor, fervor, *passion: flashing, coruscation,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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