• Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron
    Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flame criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium "the person who posted an inflammatory message got flamed"
    • v flame be in flames or aflame "The sky seemed to flame in the Hawaiian sunset"
    • v flame shine with a sudden light "The night sky flared with the massive bombardment"
    • n flame the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke "fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Olympic Flame was introduced in 1928 in Amsterdam
    • Flame A person beloved; a sweetheart.
    • Flame A stream of burning vapor or gas, emitting light and heat; darting or streaming fire; a blaze; a fire.
    • Flame Ardor of affection; the passion of love.
    • Flame Burning zeal or passion; elevated and noble enthusiasm; glowing imagination; passionate excitement or anger. "In a flame of zeal severe.""Where flames refin'd in breasts seraphic glow.""Smit with the love of sister arts we came,
      And met congenial, mingling flame with flame ."
    • Flame To burn with a flame or blaze; to burn as gas emitted from bodies in combustion; to blaze. "The main blaze of it is past, but a small thing would make it flame again."
    • Flame To burst forth like flame; to break out in violence of passion; to be kindled with zeal or ardor. "He flamed with indignation."
    • v. t Flame To kindle; to inflame; to excite. "And flamed with zeal of vengeance inwardly."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Found on a butane lighter: "Warning: Flame may cause fire."
    • n flame A blaze; vapor in combustion; hydrogen or any inflammable gas in a state of visible combustion. Flame is attended with great heat, and generally with the evolution of much light; but the temperature may be intense when the light is feeble, as is the case with the flame of burning hydrogen gas. The flame of a burning body, as of a candle, may be divided into three zones: an inner zone, containing chiefly unburned gas; a central, containing partially burned gas; and an outer, in which the gas is completely consumed by combination with the oxygen of the air. The luminosity of flame depends upon the presence of solid matter or of dense gaseous products of combustion. The reducing flame (as of a blowpipe) is that part of the flame which is deficient in oxygen for combustion (RF in figure), and which has therefore a reducing effect, or, in other words, tends to deprive the substance under examination of oxygen; the oxidizing flame is that part (OF in figure) in which the oxygen is in excess, and which exerts the opposite or oxidizing effect. The distinction is important in blowpipe analysis.
    • n flame plural In heraldry, a conventional representation of fire, seldom borne as an independent bearing, but accompanying the phenix, the salamander, the fire-ball, and the like. When of any other tincture than gules, this must be mentioned in the blazon. Figuratively
    • n flame Brilliant light; scintillating luster; flame-like color or appearance.
    • n flame Heat or ardor of emotion or passion; warmth of feeling; specifically, the passion of love; ardent love.
    • n flame Angry or hostile excitement; burning animosity; contentious rage or strife.
    • n flame An object of the passion of love: as, she was my first flame.
    • n flame The gleam appearing at night from a school of herrings.
    • n flame The geometrid moth, Anticlea rubidata: a collectors' name.
    • flame To emit a flame; burst into flame; blaze.
    • flame To shine like flame; glow with the brilliancy of flame; flash.
    • flame To break out in violence of passion.
    • flame To burn, as with a flame; singe; baste. See flamb, v.
    • flame To inflame; hence, to excite.
    • flame To cause to shine.
    • flame In technical use, to subject to the action of fire or flame: scorch; singe.
    • flame To hold in or pass through a flame, as an instrument, in order to sterilize it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The wick of a trick candle has small amounts of magnesium in them. When you light the candle, you are also lighting the magnesium. When someone tries to blow out the flame, the magnesium inside the wick continues to burn and, in just a split second (or two or three), relights the wick.
    • n Flame flām gaseous matter undergoing combustion: the gleam or blaze of a fire: rage: ardour of temper: vigour of thought: warmth of affection: love:
    • v.i Flame to burn as flame: to break out in passion
    • n Flame flām (coll.) the object of love
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”
  • A. W. Tozer
    “Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.”
  • A Haiku Verse
    A Haiku Verse
    “Love's pure silver flame gives each innermost spirit invisible warmth.”


An old flame - An old flame is a person that somebody has had an emotional, usually passionate, relationship with, who is still looked on fondly and with affection.
Old flames die hard - It's very difficult to forget old things, especially the first love.
Shoot down in flames - If someone demolishes your argument, it (and you) have been shot down in flames.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flame, flaume, flaumbe, OF. flame, flambe, F. flamme, fr. L. flamma, fr. flamma, fr. flagrare, to burn. See Flagrant, and cf. Flamneau Flamingo
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. flambe—L. flammaflagrāre, to burn.


In literature:

A flaming pageant of color traced and retraced its course across the sky.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
Saved from a Watery Grave to Perish by Flames.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
The elder of the two had pulled sharply up in front of the green door whose brass-plate flamed in the last rays of sunset.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Deep red at first and then brighter until it flamed in almost white-hot incandescence.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
In the Tupholme machine, the gas flame entered at one end, and the smoke and flame went out through a stack on top.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Daoud's hand had wielded the flame dagger of the Hashishiyya that ended the previous sultan's life.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
You will at once perceive a faint, upside-down image of the flame on the tissue.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
There are jets of flame and smoke, and a strange humming in the air.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
No casual flame but plann'd by Love's revenge.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
His eyes were drawn irresistibly to the flaming orbs of the Zara.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent

In poetry:

—What flaming thunder
From thousand voices!
Steel-weapons redden
With stains of warfare!
"Bergliot" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Hide me from S. Michael
With his flaming sword:—
Thou can'st understand me,
O my Human Lord!
"Homo Factus Est" by Digby Mackworth Dolben

Sorrow came in the night,
Out of the dark she came.
I sat alone, by my hearth-stone,
Watching beside my flame.
"A Song Of Sorrow" by Ethel Clifford
My flame flickered and swayed
And then it sank and died.
I sit alone, by my hearth-stone,
With Sorrow at my side.
"A Song Of Sorrow" by Ethel Clifford
I wrestle not with rage,
While fury's flame doth burn;
It is in vain to stop the stream
Until the tide doth turn.
"Content and Rich" by Robert Southwell
We seemed alone: but another
Bent o'er you with lips of flame,
Unknown, without a name,
Hated, and yet my brother.
"The Alien" by Aldous Huxley

In news:

KTUU reports a maintenance shed exploded Monday night and flames spread to a nearby 12-plex near the Old Seward Highway.
Firefighters from across the township were at the where building 37 was fully engulfed in flames, said police Capt.
Flame' created by US, Israel, officials.
Watch as Ron reconnects with Anya, an old flame.
The Lansing Fire Department tells us residents inside the house heard two pops outside, and then saw flames at the back of the house.
French beauty Vanessa Paradis raked in the big bucks as a top model, but it appears that Johnny Depp 's former flame can look just like a normal person.
New Jersey is in the midst of a terrible, recession-flamed budget crisis and one of its agencies is giving something away.
'A Flaming River': The World Should Watch Greece's Rising Neo-Nazis, Golden Dawn.
The flying Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.
"Bellflower" features a homemade flame- thrower, a muscle car christened Medusa and an unsavory hankering for the apocalypse as envisioned by the "Mad Max" flicks of the 1980s.
An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya last week.
A son of the homeowners, who didn't want to be identified, said his dad saw the flames while returning from his morning walk.
The smoldering embers of patriotism should be fanned into a flaming spirit of loyalty, so that the whole world will know Americans will stand, fight and die for the dignity of man.
This shot captures the flames moving down the ridge towards homes in Colorado Springs.
Through Smoke and Flames Views of the Colorado Wildfires.

In science:

Souganidis, Flame fronts in a turbulent combustion model with fractal velocity fields, Comm.
Homogenization of the G-equation with incompressible random drift in two dimensions
We convolved the resulting spectra (taking into account the instrumental pro file of FLAMES-UVES) with a rotational pro file to adjust the broadening observed on a group of FeI lines in the Li region (6 700 –6 720
Lithium abundances and extra mixing processes in evolved stars of M67
The proposed approach generalizes and unifies classical literature approaches that are based on the so-called level-set method or are based on the Zimont balance equation, originally hinted at by Prudnikov , also known as Turbulent Flame Closure model .
Lagrangian formulation of turbulent premixed combustion
Returning to the FLAMES spectra of MPG 324 from Evans et al. (2006), similar features are seen as those in Sk 183, i.e., N IV emission indicative of an early (
A rare early-type star revealed in the Wing of the Small Magellanic Cloud
Indeed, Evans et al. (2006) noted MPG 324 as a single-lined binary due to a ∼30 km s−1 shift in the He II λ4542 line between two epochs of observations with one of the FLAMES settings.
A rare early-type star revealed in the Wing of the Small Magellanic Cloud