See also: Flamme, Flame, and flamé

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English flawme, 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; Proto-Italic *flagmā, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (to shimmer, gleam, shine). Displaced native Old English līeġ.

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: flām, IPA(key): /fleɪm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪm

NounEdit

flame (countable and uncountable, plural flames)

  1. The visible part of fire; a stream of burning vapour or gas, emitting light and heat.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] 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.
  2. A romantic partner or lover in a usually short-lived but passionate affair.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:lover
  3. (Internet, somewhat dated) An aggressively insulting criticism or remark.
    • 1995, Paul McFedries, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Usenet Newsgroups, Alpha Books, →ISBN, page 39:
      Flames are, unfortunately, a fact of USENET life. It's a rare USENET regular who hasn't been shaken to the foundations with anger at something some jerk has posted.
  4. (color) A brilliant reddish orange-gold fiery colour.
    flame:  
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, published 1993, page 73:
      [M]arked by myriad clouds of every sunset-colour - flame, purple, pink, green, violet, and all the tints of gold.
  5. (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.
  6. Burning zeal, passion, imagination, excitement, or anger.

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flame (third-person singular simple present flames, present participle flaming, simple past and past participle flamed)

  1. To produce flames; to burn with a flame or blaze.
  2. To burst forth like flame; to break out in violence of passion; to be kindled with zeal or ardour.
  3. (Internet, transitive, intransitive) To post a destructively critical or abusive message (to somebody).
    I flamed him for spamming in my favourite newsgroup.
    • 2001, Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections
      If he got flamed for his lies or his ignorance, he simply moved to another chat room.
    • 2019, Steven McCornack & Kelly Morrison, Reflect & Relate, 5th edition
      Because online communication makes it easy to flame, many of us impetuously fire off messages that we later regret.

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AdjectiveEdit

flame (not comparable)

  1. Of a brilliant reddish orange-gold colour, like that of a flame.

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flame

  1. inflection of flamer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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flame

  1. Alternative form of flawme

Etymology 2Edit

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flame

  1. Alternative form of flawmen

Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin flamma.

NounEdit

flame f (oblique plural flames, nominative singular flame, nominative plural flames)

  1. flame

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  • English: flame
  • French: flamme

RomanianEdit

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flame f

  1. inflection of flamă:
    1. indefinite plural
    2. indefinite genitive/dative singular

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flame f (plural flames)

  1. flame
    Synonym: blame