Indian fire

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indian fire a pyrotechnic composition of sulphur, niter, and realgar, burning with a brilliant white light.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Strict Puritan laws had their origins from practical reasons. Smoking was banned farmers would raise badly needed food crops instead of tobacco. Cooking was banned on Sundays to prevent house fires during the long hours the family was at church. Young men were banned from hunting to prevent weapons from falling into Indian hands.
    • Indian fire a pyrotechnic composition, used as a signal-light, consisting of sulphur, realgar, and nitre
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Quotations

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    “White man builds big fire, stands back. Indian builds little fire, huddles close”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. IndiaIndus (Gr. Indos), the Indus (Pers. Hind. Hind; Zend Hindu)—Sans. sindhu, a river.

Usage

In literature:

Recklessly exposing themselves, the Indians at close range opened fire upon their prisoner with arrows.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Johnson, get up on the ice hummock and fire at the first man who comes within a hundred feet, be he a white or an Indian.
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
An Englishman's piece missed fire, but an Indian sent a bullet through the Great Sachem's heart.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Then other Indians fire.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Wolves are afraid of fire, and so now it was that on this fire the Indians were going mainly to depend.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
Depend upon it, Bart, that was an Indian fire and camp out beyond the ridge yonder, and he suspected it.
"The Silver Canyon" by George Manville Fenn
I lifted my gun to fire, but the Indians made a sign to me to desist.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
It proceeded from an Indian's hut, in the centre of which a large fire was blazing.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Indians sat round the fire, devouring with dreadful composure the remainder of my scanty stock of provisions.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
But whether it was an Indian or a white man who fired we could not, of course, tell.
"The Privateersman" by Frederick Marryat
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In poetry:

Like an Indian sword it leaps
Out of the smoking sheath.
Even the winged feet of death
Learn speed from fire;
"But Most Thy Light" by John Freeman
Here let me sit until the Indian, Dusk,
With copper-colored feet, comes down;
Sowing the wildwood with star-fire and musk,
And shadows blue and brown.
"The Wood" by Madison Julius Cawein
And merrily when that feast was done
On the fire-lit green the dance begun,
With squaws' shrill stave, and deeper hum
Of old men beating the Indian drum.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Indians fire Manny Acta as manager.
CLEVELAND — CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have fired manager Manny Acta after the team collapsed from contention.
Indians fire manager Acta .
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have fired manager Manny Acta after the team collapsed from contention.
The Cleveland Indians have fired manager Manny Acta with half a dozen games left in the 2012 season.
Indians fire Manny Acta , manager for three seasons.
Indians fire manager Manny Acta with 6 games left.
Indians fire Acta , name Alomar interim manager.
The Cleveland Indians have fired manager Manny Acta with six games remaining in the 2012 season.
Indians Manager Manny Acta Fired.
The Cleveland Indians Thursday fired manager Manny Acta after nearly three seasons on the job.
Indians fire manager Manny Acta .
CLEVELAND ( AP ) — The Cleve­land Indi­ans have fired man­ager Manny Acta after the team col­lapsed from contention.
An Italian cruise liner carrying more than 1,000 people was adrift without power in the pirate-infested Indian Ocean on Monday after a fire erupted in its generator room.
Indians statement on firing of Manny Acta.
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