I. noun Etymology: Middle English flaume, flaumbe, from Anglo-French flame (from Latin flamma) & flambe, flamble, from Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma flame; akin to Latin flagrare to burn — more at black Date: 14th century 1. the glowing gaseous part of a fire 2. a. a state of blazing combustion <
the car burst into flame
b. a condition or appearance suggesting a flame or burning: as (1) burning zeal or passion (2) a strong reddish-orange color 3. brilliance, brightness 4. sweetheart 5. the memory, reputation, or beliefs of a deceased person; broadly memory <
keeper of the flame
6. an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message II. verb (flamed; flaming) Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to burn with a flame ; blaze 2. a. to burst or break out violently or passionately <
flaming with indignation
b. to send an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message 3. to shine brightly ; glow <
color flaming up in her cheeks
transitive verb 1. to send or convey by means of flame <
flame a message by signal fires
2. to treat or affect with flame: as a. to sear, sterilize, or destroy by fire b. flambe 3. to send an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message to or about • flamer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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