From Middle English flawme, flaume, flaumbe, blend of Old French flame and flambe, flamble, the first from Latin flamma, the second from Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma, both from pre-Latin *fladma; akin to Old English glēd (“ember”); ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlē- (“to shimmer, gleam, shine”).
- The visible part of fire; a stream of burning vapour or gas, emitting light and heat.
- 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter III, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
- Long after his cigar burnt bitter, he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth […].
- 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
- Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame.
- A romantic partner or lover in a usually short-lived but passionate affair.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Thackeray to this entry?)
- (Internet) Intentionally insulting criticism or remark meant to incite anger.
- A brilliant reddish orange-gold fiery colour. flame colour:
- (music, chiefly lutherie) The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the curl.
- The cello has a two-piece back with a beautiful narrow flame.
- Burning zeal, passion, imagination, excitement, or anger.
- To produce flames; to burn with a flame or blaze.
- To burst forth like flame; to break out in violence of passion; to be kindled with zeal or ardour.
- (Internet, transitive, intransitive) To post a destructively critical or abusive message (to somebody).
- I flamed him for spamming in my favourite newsgroup.
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flame (not comparable)
- (reds) red; blood red, brick red, burgundy, cardinal, carmine, carnation, cerise, cherry, cherry red, Chinese red, cinnabar, claret, crimson, damask, fire brick, fire engine red, flame, flamingo, fuchsia, garnet, geranium, gules, hot pink, incarnadine, Indian red, magenta, maroon, misty rose, nacarat, oxblood, pillar-box red, pink, Pompeian red, poppy, raspberry, red violet, rose, rouge, ruby, ruddy, salmon, sanguine, scarlet, shocking pink, stammel, strawberry, Turkey red, Venetian red, vermillion, vinaceous, vinous, violet red, wine (Category: en:Reds)
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- circa 1250, Rutebeuf, Ci encoumence la complainte d ou conte huede de nevers:
- Senz redouteir l'infernal flame
- Without fearing the infernal flame