• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Foul water will quench fire.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.


In literature:

The short October day grew unexpectedly dusk and the fires in the village reflected in the water on the fields.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
Fire and water are gude servants but ill maisters.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
And when he comes out of it he breathes fire, and sometimes water.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
Wash half a cupful of rice, drain from the water, have on the fire a very large saucepan nearly full of salted boiling water.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
Put one pint of fresh milk and two pints of soft water in a vessel over a slow fire.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
In the first terrible water famine, the firemen broke into sewers and threw sewer water on the fires.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
London, unlike Edinburgh, has a vast water-side property, always exposed to danger from fire.
"Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction" by James Braidwood
Almost all the heathen ordeals have depended on fire, water, or something to eat or drink.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Instead of using water, the men fight fire with fire.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Long after dark the flames of fire shot high above the burning mass of timber, lighting the vast flood of rushing waters on all sides.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Who gave him the fire-water?
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
But I think there are only two, those of fire and water.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Then having gathered sticks for the fire, she put on water for the coffee, talking to herself all the while.
"Ditte: Girl Alive!" by Martin Andersen Nexo
Nothin' ain't goin' to stop that fire but water, and water's just what they haven't got.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
We then desisted from firing, hove up the anchors, and went farther up the bay in hope of completing our water.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3" by Various
The old beggar had started a fire, so Lenka at once put on water to boil.
"Czechoslovak Fairy Tales" by Parker Fillmore
We had no more than got into the water when we heard firing just behind us.
"Personal Recollections of the Civil War" by James Madison Stone
All the water is together; all the fire is together, and so on.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Well, the best wife a man can have, major, is the woman that takes to him through fire and water.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
The fire-box is made slightly tapering in diameter, the space between it and the shell being filled with water.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

'So the foemen have fired the gate, men of mine;
And the water is spent and gone?
Then bring me a cup of the red Ahr-wine:
I never shall drink but this one.
"The Knight's Leap: A Legend of Altenar" by Charles Kingsley
Or those who, armed for God's own fight,
Stand by his word through fire and slaughter.
Or bear our banner's starry light
Far-flashing through the Gulf's blue water.
"Centennial" by John Hay
Ho! Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadillo!
By water, wood and hill, by the reed and willow,
By fire, sun and moon, harken now and hear us!
Come, Tom Bombadil, for our need is near us!
"Tom Bombadil's Song" by J R R Tolkien
Ye heav'ns above, earth, water, fire, and air,
Ye boist'rous winds, with ev'ry creature fair, Your great Creator ever praise and bless,
Who has reliev'd his servant from distress.
"Another Shorter Poem, On The Same Subject" by Rees Prichard
We are the river and we are that greek
that looks himself into the river. His reflection
changes into the waters of the changing mirror,
into the crystal that changes like the fire.
"We Are The Time. We Are The Famous" by Jorge Luis Borges
Thy wings shadow the waters; thine eyes lighten
The horror of the hollows of the night;
The depths of the earth and the dark places brighten
Under thy feet, whiter than fire is white.
"Mater Triumphalis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

The Portsmouth Water and Fire District will be accepting bids for Snow Plowing and Sanding Service for the period November 1, 2012 to May 1, 2013.
A water main break Thursday afternoon has caused a sinkhole spanning all lanes of Astrozon Boulevard east of South Academy Boulevard, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
The water main break is at the intersection of Astrozon Circle and Astrozon Boulevard, according to a fire department tweet.
THE AQUA PLUS LINE OF INDIRECT FIRED WATER HEATERS delivers superior first hour ratings.
Suspicious fire, water supply & a domestic argument .
Fire officials say three other businesses in the area also sustained heavy water damage.
An inmate from the Parlin Fork fire crew takes a break from raking rocks out of the grass that were displaced by flood waters on one of the baseball fields on East Gobbi Street.
Enlarge Associated Press Syrian men light a fire to boil water near their tent at a refugee camp near the Turkish border, in Azaz, Syria, Sunday.
We are told not throw the baby out with the bath water, but don't tell that to members of the Ypsilanti Township fire department.
Monette city council met in special session March 6 to discuss potential charges for water usage incurred by the fire department during the Monette Co-Op fire on Nov.19, 2011.
Fire and water damage was obvious throughout the family room area resulting from the fire attack in the attic space and adjacent wall spaces.
HUDSON, New Hampshire — A wood-frame duplex has sustained heat, smoke and water damage in a fire.
Fire fighters from the Tecumseh Emergency Services Department battle smoke and heat from a fire that officials suspect started from a water heater in a two-family home.
Water Main, Elevation of Property Added to Cafritz Fire Problems, Report Finds.
The Kedron Fieldhouse has re-opened following the June 21 fire that caused smoke and water damage to the facility.

In science:

Similarly, the process diagram – industrial, domestic, and chilled water, the mine dewatering system, sewage, and fire protection – is diagrammed in Figure E.8.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
For equipment requiring higher levels of protection from water damage, double interlocked preaction fire suppression systems will be installed.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
This type of system employs automatic sprinklers attached to a piping system charged with air. A detection system will allow the release of water when two independent detection devices have confirmed fire conditions.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake