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Usage statistics for the noun fire:

conversational speech42.76%task-oriented speech57.24% imaginative writing66.48%informational writing33.52%

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Fire is sometimes a misspelling of field.

The word fire is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun fire

What does fire mean as a name of something?

Fire is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: fires

  1. the event of something burning (often destructive)
    • example: they lost everything in the fire
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic terms: happening / natural event / occurrence / occurrent = an event that happens
    • more specific terms:
      • backfire = a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path
      • balefire / bonfire = a large outdoor fire that is lighted as a signal or in celebration
      • brush fire = an uncontrolled fire that consumes brush and shrubs and bushes
      • campfire = a small outdoor fire for warmth or cooking
      • conflagration / inferno = a very intense and uncontrolled fire
      • forest fire = an uncontrolled fire in a wooded area
      • prairie fire / grassfire = an uncontrolled fire in a grassy area
      • smoulder / smolder = a fire that burns with thick smoke but no flame
      • smudge = a smoky fire to drive away insects
  2. the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
    • examples: hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes | they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of fire: firing
    • more generic words: attack / onrush / onset / onslaught = an offensive against an enemy
    • more specific terms:
      • antiaircraft fire = firing at enemy aircraft
      • barrage fire / bombardment / shelling / barrage / battery = the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
      • broadside = the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship
      • fusillade / volley / burst / salvo = rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
      • call fire = fire delivered on a specific target in response to a request from the supported unit
      • covering fire / cover = fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations
      • concentrated fire / massed fire = fire from two or more weapons directed at a single target or area
      • counterfire = fire intended to neutralize or destroy enemy weapons
      • counterpreparation fire = intensive prearranged fire delivered when the immanence of enemy attack is discovered
      • crossfire = fire from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross
      • destruction fire = fire delivered for the sole purpose of destroying material objects
      • direct fire = fire delivered on a target that is visible to the person aiming it
      • distributed fire = fire dispersed so as to engage effectively an area target
      • friendly fire / fratricide = fire that injures or kills an ally
      • hostile fire = fire that injures or kills an enemy
      • grazing fire = fire approximately parallel to the ground
      • harassing fire = fire designed to disturb the rest of enemy troops and to curtail movement and to lower enemy morale
      • indirect fire = fire delivered on a target that is not itself used as the point of aim for the weapons
      • interdiction fire = fire directed to an area to prevent the enemy from using that area
      • neutralization fire = fire that is delivered in order to render the target ineffective or unusable
      • observed fire = fire for which the point of impact (the burst) can be seen by an observer
      • preparation fire = fire delivered on a target in preparation for an assault
      • radar fire = gunfire aimed a target that is being tracked by radar
      • registration fire = fire delivered to obtain accurate data for subsequent effective engagement of targets
      • scheduled fire = prearranged fire delivered at a predetermined time
      • searching fire = fire distributed in depth by successive changes in the elevation of the gun
      • supporting fire = fire delivered by supporting units to protect or assist a unit in combat
      • suppressive fire = fire on or about a weapon system to degrade its performance below what is needed to fulfill its mission objectives
      • unobserved fire = fire for which the point of impact (the bursts) cannot be observed
      • artillery fire / cannon fire = fire delivered by artillery
  3. the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
    • example: fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonyms of fire: flame / flaming
    • more generic words: burning / combustion = a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
    • more specific words:
      • blazing / blaze = a strong flame that burns brightly
      • flare = a sudden burst of flame
      • ignition = the process of initiating combustion or catching fire
  4. a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning
    • example: they sat by the fire and talked
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: fireplace / hearth / open fireplace = an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built
    • more specific word: cookfire = a fire for cooking
  5. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
    • usage: archaicism / archaism
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: element = one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe
  6. feelings of great warmth and intensity
  7. fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking
    • examples: put the kettle on the fire | barbecue over an open fire
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: fuel = a substance that can be consumed to produce energy
  8. a severe trial
    • example: he went through fire and damnation
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: trial / tribulation / visitation = an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
  9. intense adverse criticism

Alternative definition of the noun fire


  1. [uncountable] A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bonding of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smouldering.
  2. [countable] Something that has produced or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire.
  3. [countable] The often accidental occurrence of fire in a certain place leading to its full or partial destruction.
  4. [uncountable, alchemy] One of the four basic elements.
  5. [context: China, India and Japan] One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  6. [countable, British] A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).
  7. [countable] The elements necessary to start a fire.
  8. [uncountable] The in-flight bullets or other projectiles shot from a gun.
  9. [countable] A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to fire a weapon.

Definition of the verb fire

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verb - inflections: fired | firing | fires

  1. start firing a weapon
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Steve tossed John the ball
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Steve tossed the ball
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I threw the package away
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination or Locative Preposition] [Destination]Steve tossed the ball to the garden
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Steve tossed the ball from the corner
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] at / to / towards / for [Destination]Steve tossed the ball from the corner to the garden

      Verbs of Throwing (with the same syntax): bash, bat, bunt, chuck, flick, fling, flip, hit, hurl, knock, lob, loft, nudge, pass, pitch, punt, shoot, shove, slam, slap, sling, smash, tap.

    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonym of fire: open fire
    • more generic words: blast / shoot = fire a shot
  2. cause to go off
  3. bake in a kiln so as to harden
    • example: fire pottery
    • domain: cookery / cooking / preparation
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: bake = cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven
  4. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
  5. go off or discharge
  6. drive out or away by or as if by fire
  7. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  8. destroy by fire
    • example: They fire the trees
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of fire: burn / burn down
    • more generic words: destroy / ruin = destroy completely
    • more specific words:
      • backfire = set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
      • cremate = reduce to ashes
      • torch = burn maliciously, as by arson
      • scorch = destroy completely by or as if by fire
  9. provide with fuel
    • example: Oil fires the furnace
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of fire: fuel
    • more generic words: furnish / provide / render / supply = give something useful or necessary to
  10. generate an electrical impulse
    • example: the neurons fired fast
    • domain: physiology
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic word: generate = produce
  11. become ignited
    • example: The furnace wouldn't fire
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of fire: flame up
    • cause: ignite / light
  12. start or maintain a fire in
    • example: fire the furnace
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of fire: ignite / light

Alternative definition of the verb fire


  1. [transitive] To set (something) on fire.
  2. [transitive] To heat without setting on fire, as ceramic, metal objects, etc.
  3. [transitive] To drive away by setting a fire.
  4. [transitive] To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), especially for cause (such as misconduct or poor performance).
  5. [transitive] To shoot (a device that launches a projectile or a pulse of stream of something).
  6. [intransitive] To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon.
  7. [transitive, sport] To shoot; to attempt to score a goal.
  8. [intransitive, physiology] To cause an action potential in a cell.
  9. [transitive] To forcibly direct (something).


  1. "Fire" is a 1996 Indian-Canadian romantic drama film written and directed by Deepa Mehta and starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das. It is the first installment of Mehta's Elements trilogy; it is succeeded by Earth and Water.
  2. "Fire" is an action film directed by Raoul W. Heimrich.
  3. Fire is an Australian television series transmitted on the Seven Network between 1995 and 1996. It was shown in the UK & Ireland on Sky One. In 1999 and 2000, the series was shown on Channel 5.
  4. "Fire" a.k.a. "Fire!" is a 1901 British short silent drama film, directed by James Williamson, showing the occupants of a house in Hove being rescued by the local fire service. This five tableaux film, according to Michael Brooke of Screeonline, "was one of the very first films to make use of multiple shots edited together to create a chronological sequence propelling a coherent narrative along. Williamson also creates suspense by showing the audience the extent of the fire in the first shot, which heightens the sense of urgency as the fire crew leave the station and rush to put it out." It was released along with Stop Thief!, "indicating the direction Williamson would take over the next few years, as he refined this new film grammar to tell stories of unprecedented narrative and emotional sophistication." "Brooke also states that it was, "a major influence on a pioneering American film, Edwin S. Porter's Life of an American Fireman, which borrowed Williamson's narrative model and developed it further by introducing close-ups.
    • country: United Kingdom
    • languages: English Language, Silent film
    • cinematography by James Williamson
    • genres: Silent film, Black-and-white, Drama
    • released on (114 years ago)
  5. "Fire" a.k.a. "Fire!" is a 1977 action TV movie, made for NBC television and Warner Bros. Television, directed by Earl Bellamy, who directed other disaster film one year before, Flood!. The film's plot is about a convict who escapes from an Oregon road gang and starts a fire in a forest, which goes out of control and threatens to destroy a small mountain community.
  6. "Fire" a.k.a. "Pyro": Pyro... The Thing Without a Face is a 1964 film. It was shot in Spain.
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  7. "Fire" a.k.a. "Fire!" is a 1991 Malian drama film directed by Adama Drabo. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.
  8. "Fire" a.k.a. "Fire!": Fuoco! is a 1968 drama film written and directed by Gian Vittorio Baldi.
  9. "Fire" is a Pakistani Urdu-language film which stars Meera, Reema and Moammar Rana.
  10. "Fire" a.k.a. "Incêndio" is a 2011 short comedy drama film directed by Karen Akerman and Miguel Seabra Lopes.


  1. "Fire" is a fantasy novel by Kristin Cashore, a companion book to her debut novel, Graceling. It tells the story of a young monster in the shape of a human who is hated because of her difference and supernatural abilities. The novel debuted at number four on The New York Times Best Seller list and won several awards.
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Fantasy
    • released in (7 years ago)
    • award: - Cybils Awards for Fantasy & Science Fiction -- Young Adult, received by Kristin Cashore
  2. "Fire" is a 1985 Dora Award winning musical by Paul Ledoux and David Young. The musical is based loosely on the story of Jerry Lee Lewis and his cousin Jimmy Swaggart and the divergent paths their lives took.


Fire is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine from the DC Comics universe. A version of her first appeared in Super Friends #25, and was created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon. Her first appearance in mainstream DC Universe canon was Infinity, Inc. #32.


  1. "Fire" is a song written and originally recorded by Jimi Hendrix and released on the 1967 Are You Experienced album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
  2. "Fire" is a song written by Bruce Springsteen in 1977 which had its highest profile as a 1978 single release by the Pointer Sisters.
  3. "Fire" is a song by English rock band Kasabian and is the lead single from their third album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. It was released 1 June 2009. On the week of its release it debuted at #3 in the UK Singles chart, making it their first UK Top 3 entry and their highest charting single to date as well as their fourth UK Top 10 single. It debuted at #44 in the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and has so far peaked #41.
  4. "Fire" is a 1968 song written by Arthur Brown, Vincent Crane, Mike Finesilver and Peter Ker. Performed by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, it was released as a single and on the band's debut album, also called The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The single reached no.1 in the UK and in Canada. In October, it reached no.2 in the US Billboard charts and no.19 in Australia. It also got to no.3 in Germany, no.4 in France, no.6 in the Netherlands, no.7 in Austria, no.8 in Ireland and no.18 in Finland. "Fire" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
  5. "Fire" is the debut single by South Korean girl group 2NE1. Released in May 2009, the song became a hit in all Korean charts. The song gained an instant huge success in South Korea and topped all on- and offline charts.
  6. "Fire" is the sixth studio album by the Ohio Players and the second released through the Mercury label.
  7. "Fire" is the debut album of Electric Six, released in 2003.
  8. "Fire" is a song by American recording artist Big Sean from his second studio album Hall of Fame. It was released on August 20, 2013 by GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings as the fourth single from the record. It was written and produced by Darhyl Camper Jr. and Rob Kinelski of Cocaine 80s, with additional songwriting provided by Big Sean and Alexander Izquierdo of The Monsters and the Strangerz. "Fire" is a hip hop song that lyrically describes the perseverance to overcome personal difficulties.
  9. "Fire" is a hit song by R&B/funk band The Ohio Players. The song was the opening track from the album of the same name and hit #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Soul Singles chart in early 1975. It spent five weeks atop the soul chart. "Fire" was the Ohio Players' only entry on the new disco/dance chart, where it peaked at #10. The tune is considered to be the band's signature song.
  10. "Fire" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the fifth track on the band's 1981 album, October, and was released that year as the album's first single.
  11. "Fire" was the third album by Wild Orchid, which was scheduled to be released on June 19, 2001. This was the group's final release with Ferguson, as well as their final release as a trio and with RCA Records.
  12. "Fire" by Ferry Corsten is a trance song that was released as a single in 2005, as well as appearing on Ferry Corsten's 2006 album L.E.F. It features vocals by Simon Le Bon from the 1990 song "Serious" by Duran Duran, which were re-recorded by Le Bon rather than sampled from the original song. A compilation of eight different remixes, also called "Fire", was released in 2006. The song received wide play throughout Europe through 2006 on commercial radio stations.
  13. "Fire" is a 1993 studio album by Hey.
    • released on (22 years ago)
  14. "Fire" is a musical single of Six Nation State.
    • released on (9 years ago)


Who is Fire?

Fire: Vicente Serrano is a Mexican luchador, or professional wrestler, best known under the ring name "Fire", a Mini-Estrella, or "Mini". Since his debut in 1992 Serrano has worked mainly for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, in their Minis division, having held the CMLL World Mini-Estrella Championship in 1995/1996. Serrano has previously worked as Mascarita Mágica, a miniature version of the original Máscara Mágica.

  • born in (43 years ago)


Fire was a late 1960s/early 1970s band that consisted of Dave Lambert, Bob Voice and Dick Duffall. Brett himself joined them for their now classic Magic Shoemaker LP recorded at Pye Studios London, in 1970. This vinyl LP has been in the UK's top 10 of collectable vinyl, being listed in Millers Antique Collectable guide. A 2008 archival release, The Magic Shoemaker Live, features live recordings of the original Fire line up, plus Paul Brett and Dave Cousins, with Ray Hammond as the narrator.


  1. Fire has been an important part of all cultures and religions from pre-history to modern day and was vital to the development of civilization. It has been regarded in many different contexts throughout history, but especially as a metaphysical constant of the world.
  2. Fire a.k.a. Moltres is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Moltres first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and later in subsequent sequels. Moltres is one of the three winged mirages, along with Articuno and Zapdos. Their names were changed in the English localization to give them more "clever and descriptive names." Moltres, for example, comes from a combination of the words "molten," relating to lava, and "tres," the Spanish word for three.
  3. Fire is an instant messaging client for Mac OS X, that can access IRC, XMPP, AIM, ICQ, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Bonjour. All services are built on GPL’d libraries, including firetalk, libfaim, libicq2000, libmsn, XMPP, and libyahoo2. Fire supports OS X v10.1 and higher.
  4. Fire a.k.a. Fire!! was an African-American literary magazine published in 1926 during the Harlem Renaissance. The publication was started by Wallace Thurman, Zora Neale Hurston, Aaron Douglas, John P. Davis, Richard Bruce Nugent, Gwendolyn Bennett, Lewis Grandison Alexander, Countee Cullen, and Langston Hughes. After it published one issue, its quarters burned down, and the magazine ended.
  5. Fire is the prosper of the matter, or the matter's prosperity stage. Fire is the second phase of Wu Xing.
  6. Fire is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.
  7. Fire: The Belgian-Francophone magazine AMI was first published in 1979. It published articles about Firearms and Militaria.
  8. Fire was originally a two-issue creator-owned comic book mini-series written and drawn by Brian Michael Bendis and published by Caliber Comics. It was later republished as a single volume by Image Comics.
  9. Fire a.k.a. Fire! is a shōjo manga series by Hideko Mizuno about the rise and fall of an American rock star named Aaron. It was serialised in Seventeen from 1969 - 1971 and won the 1970 Shogakukan Manga Award. The hedonistic Aaron is neither a 'boy next door' character, nor a 'shining prince', and Sandra Buckley states that it was his 'non-conventional, rebellious behavior' that was part of the attraction for the fans of Fire!. It was innovative for shōjo manga by having the first sexually explicit scenes in post-WWII manga, and by having a male protagonist. The story has been read as a "conservative morality tale", but Buckley states that this ignores the two year run of readers following Aaron's exploits avidly. There are accounts of teenage girls queueing for the next issue to come out.

Phrases with Fire

Phrases starting with the word Fire:

  1. fire up
  2. Fire air
  3. fire ant
  4. Fire Axe
  5. Fire Box
  6. Fire dog
  7. Fire Eel
  8. fire off
  9. Fire Out
  10. fire pit

Phrases ending with the word Fire:

  1. Co-Fire
  2. on fire
  3. All-Fire
  4. Dry fire
  5. Gas Fire
  6. red fire
  7. Set Fire
  8. Back Fire
  9. Bone Fire
  10. Bush Fire

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fire

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Google previewWhen Grown Ups Cry (2012)

by Jasna Jackson

Fire is a red, smily, happy, hot like a whater.

Google previewHazardous Future (2015)

Disaster, Representation and the Assessment of Risk by Isabel Capeloa Gil, Christoph Wulf

Fire is a strange attractor, drawing, manipulating, attracting media attention because, burning, destroying, obliterating, murdering, exterminating, and...

Google previewOpening the Dragon Gate (2011)

The Making of a Modern Taoist Wizard by Chen Kaiguo, Zheng Shunchao

It also illustrates the natures of the five elements: "Water refers to moisture and descent, fire refers to heat and ascent, wood refers to curvature and straightness, metal refers to adaptation and change, earth refers to sowing and reaping." In The ...

Google previewMeetings with Remarkable People (2017)

by Osho

Heraclitus says fire is the basic substance of life. It is!

Google previewThe Dictionary Of The Bible (1995)

by John L. Mckenzie

Fire is an element in the theophanies*.

Google previewA Critical Pronouncing Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language (1798)

... To which are Prefixed Principles of English Pronunciation; ... Third Edition. By John Walker, ...

F1 RE, fire. s. The element that burns; any thing burning: a conflagration of towns or countries; the punishment of the damned; any thing that inflames the passions ; ardour of temper; livelineis of imagination, vigour of fancy, spirit of sentiment; ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica, Or a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1810)

Fire. (c) The reeds are made up in small bundles of about a foot in circumference, cut even at both ends, and They are distinguished into two kinds, viz. the long and short; the former of which are four feet, and the latter two feet five inches in ...

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Usage statistics for the noun fire:

conversational speech42.76%task-oriented speech57.24% imaginative writing66.48%informational writing33.52%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb fire:


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Quotes about Fire

Sun begot fire
Fire begot me
I am sun
I am fire.

Fire is on the earth
I am earth
Take care
Earth to share. (Gajanan Mishra)
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Scrabble value of F4I1R1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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