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FLAME, n. [L. flamma.]

1. A blaze; burning vapor; vapor in combustion; or according to modern chimistry, hydrogen or any inflammable gas, in a state of combustion, and naturally ascending in a stream from burning bodies being specifically lighter than common air.

2. Fire in general.

3. Heat of passion; tumult; combustion; blaze; violent contention. One jealous, tattling mischief-maker will set a whole village in a flame.

4. Ardor of temper or imagination; brightness of fancy; vigor of thought.

Great are their faults, and glorious is their flame.

5. Ardor of inclination; warmth of affection.

Smit with the love of kindred arts we came,

And met congenial, mingling flame with flame.

6. The passion of love; ardent love.

My heart's on flame.

7. Rage; violence; as the flames of war.

FLAME, v.t. To inflame; to excite.

FLAME, v.i.

1. To blaze; to burn in vapor, or in a current; to burn as gas emitted from bodies in combustion.

2. To shine like burning gas.

In flaming yellow bright.

3. To break out in violence of passion.



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FLAME, n. [L. flamma.]

1. A blaze; burning vapor; vapor in combustion; or according to modern chimistry, hydrogen or any inflammable gas, in a state of combustion, and naturally ascending in a stream from burning bodies being specifically lighter than common air.

2. Fire in general.

3. Heat of passion; tumult; combustion; blaze; violent contention. One jealous, tattling mischief-maker will set a whole village in a flame.

4. Ardor of temper or imagination; brightness of fancy; vigor of thought.

Great are their faults, and glorious is their flame.

5. Ardor of inclination; warmth of affection.

Smit with the love of kindred arts we came,

And met congenial, mingling flame with flame.

6. The passion of love; ardent love.

My heart's on flame.

7. Rage; violence; as the flames of war.

FLAME, v.t. To inflame; to excite.

FLAME, v.i.

1. To blaze; to burn in vapor, or in a current; to burn as gas emitted from bodies in combustion.

2. To shine like burning gas.

In flaming yellow bright.

3. To break out in violence of passion.

FLAME, n. [Fr. flamme; L. flamma; It. fiamma; Sp. llama; D. vlam; G. flamme.]

  1. A blaze; burning vapor; vapor in combustion; or according to modern chimistry, hydrogen or any inflammable gas, in a state of combustion, and naturally ascending in a stream from burning bodies, being specifically lighter than common air. A luminous fluid proceeding from burning bodies and from the combustion of their volatile particles. Dict. Nat. Hist.
  2. Fire in general. Cowley.
  3. Heat of passion; tumult; combustion; blaze; violent contention. One jealous, tattling mischief-maker will set a whole village in a flame.
  4. Ardor of temper or imagination; brightness of fancy; vigor of thought. Great are their faults, and glorious is their flame. Waller.
  5. Ardor of inclination; warmth of affection. Smit with the love of kindred arts we came, / And met congenial, mingling flame with flame. Pope.
  6. The passion of love; ardent love. My heart's on flame. Cowley.
  7. Rage; violence; as, the flames of war.

FLAME, v.i.

  1. To blaze; to burn in vapor, or in a current; to burn as gas emitted from bodies in combustion.
  2. To shine like burning gas. In flaming yellow bright. Prior.
  3. To break out in violence of passion. Beaum.

FLAME, v.t.

To inflame; to excite. Spenser.


Flame
  1. A stream of burning vapor or gas, emitting light and heat; darting or streaming fire; a blaze; a fire.
  2. 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. Shak.

  3. To kindle; to inflame; to excite.

    And flamed with zeal of vengeance inwardly. Spenser.

  4. Burning zeal or passion; elevated and noble enthusiasm; glowing imagination; passionate excitement or anger.

    "In a flame of zeal severe." Milton.

    Where flames refin'd in breasts seraphic glow. Pope.

    Smit with the love of sister arts we came,
    And met congenial, mingling flame with flame.
    Pope.

  5. To burst forth like flame; to break out in violence of passion; to be kindled with zeal or ardor.

    He flamed with indignation. Macaulay.

  6. Ardor of affection; the passion of love.

    Coleridge.
  7. A person beloved; a sweetheart.

    Thackeray.

    Syn. -- Blaze; brightness; ardor. See Blaze.

    Flame bridge, a bridge wall. See Bridge, n., 5. -- Flame color, brilliant orange or yellow. B. Jonson. -- Flame engine, an early name for the gas engine. -- Flame manometer, an instrument, invented by Koenig, to obtain graphic representation of the action of the human vocal organs. See Manometer. -- Flame reaction (Chem.), a method of testing for the presence of certain elements by the characteristic color imparted to a flame; as, sodium colors a flame yellow, potassium violet, lithium crimson, boracic acid green, etc. Cf. Spectrum analysis, under Spectrum. -- Flame tree (Bot.), a tree with showy scarlet flowers, as the Rhododendron arboreum in India, and the Brachychiton acerifolium of Australia.

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Flame

FLAME, noun [Latin flamma.]

1. A blaze; burning vapor; vapor in combustion; or according to modern chimistry, hydrogen or any inflammable gas, in a state of combustion, and naturally ascending in a stream from burning bodies being specifically lighter than common air.

2. Fire in general.

3. Heat of passion; tumult; combustion; blaze; violent contention. One jealous, tattling mischief-maker will set a whole village in a flame

4. Ardor of temper or imagination; brightness of fancy; vigor of thought.

Great are their faults, and glorious is their flame

5. Ardor of inclination; warmth of affection.

Smit with the love of kindred arts we came,

And met congenial, mingling flame with flame

6. The passion of love; ardent love.

My heart's on flame

7. Rage; violence; as the flames of war.

FLAME, verb transitive To inflame; to excite.

FLAME, verb intransitive

1. To blaze; to burn in vapor, or in a current; to burn as gas emitted from bodies in combustion.

2. To shine like burning gas.

In flaming yellow bright.

3. To break out in violence of passion.

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