take fire

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take fire start to burn or burst into flames "Marsh gases ignited suddenly","The oily rags combusted spontaneously"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The bark of a redwood tree is fireproof. Fires that occur in a redwood forest take place inside the trees.
    • Take fire to begin to burn: to become aroused about something
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Quotations

  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “It takes two flints to make a fire.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    Thomas%20Fuller
    “Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Taking careful aim, he fired.
"The Boy Allies Under the Sea" by Robert L. Drake
Thus it was they were ready to take fire, and a hubbub would be the result of the slightest provocation.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
I guess it's 'bout time to take keer o' this 'ere jerk an' start up a fire.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
Taking advantage of this state of things we made our capture without a shot being fired.
"Sketches From My Life" by Hobart Pasha
It takes a woodman to build a fire when it has been raining and everything is wet.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
He enters in silence and takes his seat near the fire.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
To three Gallons of Spring-water take three quarts of honey, and set it over the fire, till the scum rises pretty thick.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
It's to take apart corded beds so as to get them out of houses that are on fire.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
And now I am going to make the hard wood take fire more quickly than the paper did.
"Parker's Second Reader" by Richard G. Parker
Again and again James fired, several of his bullets taking effect.
"With Wolfe in Canada" by G. A. Henty
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In poetry:

We will not see, but madly take
The wrong and crooked path,
And in our own hearts light the fires
Of a consuming wrath.
"January" by Alice Cary
She howl'd aloud, "I am on fire within.
There comes no murmur of reply.
What is it that will take away my sin,
And save me lest I die?"
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Thy mouth is made of fire and wine,
Thy barren bosom takes my kiss
And turns my soul to thine
And turns thy lip to mine,
And mine it is.
"Fragoletta" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The dream that fires man's heart to make,
To build, to do, to sing or say
A beauty Death can never take,
An Adam from the crumbled clay.
"Fragments" by John Masefield
The earth we came to, and the time we flee,
The fire and the breast.
I claim the white part, maiden, that’s for me.
You take the rest.
"The Crossed Apple" by Louise Bogan
Lake of the dead — There is a lake
Where men in second death expire:
No hope they own, no respite take;
It is, great God! a lake of fire.
"Le Lac Des Morts" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain

In news:

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The first stage of the 2012 MLS Re- Entry draft was rather quiet, as only the Chicago Fire exercised their pick taking DC United forward Maicon Santos.
The Chicago Fire were the only MLS club to take advantage of the first stage of the league's re- entry draft on Friday, selecting former DC United forward Maicon Santos.
The city of Topeka could lose a big chunk of it's fire department, unless Topekans take a tax hike 13's Linda Russell explains, it all depends on which city budget council members choose.
BELLAIRE The Ohio State Fire Marshal l's office is continuing its investigation into suspected arsons in the village that have been taking place over the past several months.
N-F FFA'ers take part in Greenhand Fire Up .
Fish Fry served by Courtland Fire Department will take place Saturday, October 13, 3-8pm or until gone at the Courtland Community Center.
The DC fire union hasn't been shy about taking their concerns to elected officials.
An investigation is taking place into the cause of a fire which badly damaged a flat in Colwyn Bay.
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