(noun, verb)


1. the event of something burning (often destructive)

- they lost everything in the fire

Definition categories: event, happening, occurrence, occurrent

2. the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

- hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes

- they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire

Similar word(s): firing

Definition categories: act, attack, onrush, onset, onslaught

3. the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke

- fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries

Similar word(s): flame, flaming

Definition categories: process, burning, combustion

4. a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning

- they sat by the fire and talked

Definition categories: man–made, fireplace, hearth

5. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)

Definition categories: substance, element

6. feelings of great warmth and intensity

Similar word(s): ardor, ardour, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour

Definition categories: feeling, passion, passionateness

7. fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking

- put the kettle on the fire

- barbecue over an open fire

Definition categories: substance, fuel

8. a severe trial

- he went through fire and damnation

Definition categories: event, trial, tribulation, visitation

9. intense adverse criticism

- Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party

Similar word(s): attack, blast, flack, flak

Definition categories: communication, criticism

Sentences with fire as a noun:

- We sat around the fire singing songs and telling stories.

- There was a fire at the school last night and the whole place burned down.

- During hot and dry summers many fires in forests are caused by regardlessly discarded cigarette butts.

- The fire was laid and needed to be lit.

- The fire from the enemy guns kept us from attacking.

- Press fire to fire the gun.


1. start firing a weapon

Definition categories: competition, blast, shoot

2. cause to go off

- fire a gun

- fire a bullet

Similar word(s): discharge

Definition categories: competition

3. bake in a kiln so as to harden

- fire pottery

Definition categories: change, bake

4. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

- The boss fired his secretary today

Similar word(s): can, dismiss, displace, sack, terminate

Definition categories: social, remove

5. go off or discharge

- The gun fired

Similar word(s): discharge

Definition categories: competition

6. drive out or away by or as if by fire

- The soldiers were fired

- Surrender fires the cold skepticism

Definition categories: motion, dispel

7. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

Similar word(s): arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, kindle, provoke, raise

Definition categories: emotion, create, make

8. destroy by fire

Similar word(s): burn

Definition categories: change, destroy, ruin

9. provide with fuel

- Oil fires the furnace

Similar word(s): fuel

Definition categories: possession, furnish, provide, render, supply

10. generate an electrical impulse

- the neurons fired fast

Definition categories: creation, generate

11. become ignited

- The furnace wouldn't fire

Definition categories: change

12. start or maintain a fire in

- fire the furnace

Similar word(s): ignite, light

Definition categories: change

Sentences with fire as a verb:

- If you fire the pottery at too high a temperature, it may crack.

- They fire the wood to make it easier to put a point on the end.

- We will fire our guns at the enemy.

- He fired his radar gun at passing cars.

- Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes.

- His nail gun fired about twenty roofing nails a minute.

- When a neuron fires, it transmits information.

- He answered the questions the reporters fired at him.

- The event handler should only fire after all web page content has finished loading.

- to fire the soul with anger, pride, or revenge

- to fire the genius of a young man

- to fire a boiler