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

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balefire — [bāl′fīr΄] n. [ME balefir < OE bælfyr, fire of the funeral pyre < bæl, great fire (for IE base see BLACK) + fyr, FIRE] 1. an outdoor fire; bonfire 2. a beacon fire 3. Obs. a funeral pyre …   English World dictionary

  • Balefire — For a fire made of bales of straw or wood, see Bonfire. For the book series by Cate Tiernan, see Balefire (book series) Balefire, in the world of the Wheel of Time, is a weapon created with the One Power. DescriptionIt has only one known weave,… …   Wikipedia

  • 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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