Flame engine
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 — (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flame bridge — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flame color — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flame manometer — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flame reaction — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flame tree — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flame out — (of a jet engine) lose power through the extinction of the flame in the combustion chamber. → flame flame out informal, chiefly N. Amer. fail conspicuously. → flame …   English new terms dictionary

  • flame|out — «FLAYM OWT», noun. 1. the sudden failure of a jet engine to function, because the flame has gone out, especially while in flight. 2. a spectacular failure, likened to a fiery crash. »The global dot com boom and bust is littered with flameouts.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • flame-out — flame′ out n. aer. the failure of a jet engine due to an interruption of the fuel supply or to faulty combustion • Etymology: 1945–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • flame stability — flame stability, the ability of the fuel in a jet engine to burn steadily over a wide range of temperatures and pressures …   Useful english dictionary

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