flame: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (flām), [key]
— n., v., flamed, flam•ing.
  1. burning gas or vapor, as from wood or coal, that is undergoing combustion; a portion of ignited gas or vapor.
  2. Often,the state or condition of blazing combustion: to burst into flames.
  3. any flamelike condition; glow; inflamed condition.
  4. brilliant light; scintillating luster.
  5. bright coloring; a streak or patch of color.
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  7. intense ardor, zeal, or passion.
  8. an object of one's passionate love; sweetheart: He's taking out his new flame tonight.
  9. an act or instance of angry criticism or disparagement, esp. on a computer network.
  1. to burn with a flame or flames; burst into flames; blaze.
  2. to glow like flame; shine brilliantly; flash.
  3. to burn or burst forth with strong emotion; break into open anger, indignation, etc.
  4. to enter on an electronic bulletin board text expressing opinions, gossip, etc., often in a ranting and unrestrained manner.
  1. to subject to the action of flame or fire.
  2. to flambé.
  3. to insult or criticize angrily, esp. on a computer network.
    1. (of a jet engine) to cease to function due to an interruption of the fuel supply or to faulty combustion.
    2. to burst out in or as if in flames.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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