• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Fire-stick the implement used by many primitive peoples for obtaining fire by friction
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.


In literature:

Returning to the fire, he split one end of this stick for a little way, converting it into a sort of rude pincer.
"Captain Sam" by George Cary Eggleston
A cheerful fire of sticks burned near, over which a tripod supported a black pot.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The women had made a fire of sticks, and a great black kettle was hanging over it.
"The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911" by Various
Going a short distance among the trees, they collected some sticks, lit a fire, and sat down to cook their meal.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
When she had done this, she set before me a plate of pounded maize, which was boiling over a little fire of sticks, when we went in.
"With Kitchener in the Soudan" by G. A. Henty
Ralph was sitting with bent head by the fire, stick and cap in hand, his heavy boot beating the floor impatiently.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
But even if I had not had the flint and steel, I could have made a fire by rubbing two dead sticks together.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
A poor little fire of sticks smouldered on the ground in the middle, filling the place with a pungent smoke.
"Under the Great Bear" by Kirk Munroe
I used dry sticks for the fire, and but little smoke will have made its way through the trees.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
Presently he sat down beside the fire, and while he turned the meat with a forked stick, came back to the subject again.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The man behind all those modern improvements has got to stick his head up more or less when he fires.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
The stalk was used for hand drills and fire sticks.
"Omaha Dwellings, Furniture and Implements" by James Owen Dorsey,
He picked a flaming stick from the fire and went before a little round mirror on the wall.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
Muttering an incantation he kindles a fire of sticks, but may not blow on the holy flame.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
You, Folsom, make a fire with the dry wood; it will kindle when I rub two sticks together.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
One bitter cold night Dilly sat down utterly discouraged as she placed the last stick of wood on the fire.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
Three of them began to pick the corn, while two, approaching the house, gathered sticks for a fire which they lighted.
"Some Three Hundred Years Ago" by Edith Gilman Brewster
Could he not make fire out of sticks that really had no warmth in them?
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
As close to the entrance as we dared we piled up sticks, that we might keep a fire blazing all night.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston
Collecting sticks, we soon had a fire lighted, and a part of our meat spitted and roasting before it.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

They cry alas, but all in vain,
They stick fast in the mire,
They would be rid of present pain,
Yet set themselves on fire.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
So he thought; and in his hammock
Gnawed his junk of sugar-cane,
Toasted plantains at the fire-stick,
Gnawed, and dozed, and gnawed again.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
"Ae day I wanner't to the wud,
An' gather't sticks the fire to beet;
An' there an unco sicht I saw,
That made me baith to glow'r an' greet
"Grannie's Crack Aboot The Famine In Auld Scotlan' In 1739-40" by Janet Hamilton
But--I missed him--w'y of course I did!--The Fall and Winter through
I never built the kitchen-fire, er split a stick in two,
Er fed the stock, er butchered, er swung up a gambrel-pin,
But what I thought o' John, and wished that he was home agin.
"How John Quit The Farm" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

At one end of the fire hose were officers deployed by Bull Connor, the notoriously racist police commissioner fond of telling his men to use sticks, dogs and whatever else was necessary to scatter peaceful black protesters.
A burning incense stick left alone sparked a fire that destroyed a guest house tonight.
We can buy it, roll it up in a bit of paper and - precisely in the words of Bob Newhart's famous sketch - stick it in our mouths and set fire to it.
Before the invention of kitchen utensils, people cooked food on a stick over an open fire.
A Pakistani protester throws a wooden stick at a police post set on fire by other protestors, during clashes that erupted as protestors tried to approach the US embassy, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept 20, 2012.
The figures are roasting marshmallows on a stick over a small fire.
The Aug 6 refinery fire at Chevron 's Number 4 crude unit has drawn the attention of a high-profile Texas attorney with a reputation for sticking big corporations for lucrative settlements.
Fire Commander Bill Hobbs says a few members will be sticking around to check for hotspots through the early morning hours.
It is best to fire porcelain on top of special blanket prop or silica sand so they do not stick to the shelves and can freely shrink during the firing process.
They are recalling 7.4 millions vehicles due to power window switches that can stick, smoke and potentially cause a fire.
Often, the wood sticks wound up behind the seat where they smelled of gas and created a fire danger.
Campers pack a small handful of sticks into the bottom of the stove 's dual-walled steel combustion chamber and light the fire.
At some point in ancient Egyptian history it must have been tradition to stick your junk in fire.

In science:

Fire propagation in vertical stick arrays: The effects of wind.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models