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Dictionary definition for: Fire

1. (v) start firing a weapon

2. (n) the event of something burning (often destructive) "they lost everything in the fire"

3. (v) cause to go off; "fire a gun" "fire a bullet"

4. (n) the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke; "fire was one of our ancestors" first discoveries"

5. (n) 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"

6. (v) bake in a kiln so as to harden; "fire pottery"

7. (v) terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today" "The company terminated 25% of its workers"

8. (n) a fireplace in which a fire is burning; "they sat by the fire and talked"

9. (v) go off or discharge; "The gun fired"

10. (n) intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party" "the government has come under attack" "don''t give me any flak"

11. (n) feelings of great warmth and intensity; "he spoke with great ardor"

12. (v) drive out or away by or as if by fire; "The soldiers were fired" "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"

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

14. (v) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) "arouse pity" "raise a smile" "evoke sympathy"

15. (v) destroy by fire; "They burned the house and his diaries"

16. (n) a severe trial; "he went through fire and damnation"

17. (v) provide with fuel; "Oil fires the furnace"

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