What is fire?

  • (noun): The process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke.
    Example: "Fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"
    Synonyms: flame, flaming
    See also — Additional definitions below


Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products. Slower oxidative processes like rusting or digestion are not included by this definition.

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Some articles on fire:

Deep Frying - Disadvantages
... Cooking oil is flammable, and fires may be caused by it igniting at too high a temperature ... Further, attempts to extinguish an oil fire with water cause an extremely dangerous condition, a boilover, as it causes the water to flash into steam due to the ... This is the leading cause of house fires in the United Kingdom ...
Fire - Restoration
... Different restoration methods and measures are used depending on the type of fire damage that occurred ... Fire damage can be performed by property management teams, building maintenance personnel, or by the homeowners themselves however, contacting a certified professional fire damage ... Most are usually listed under "Fire and Water Restoration" and they can help speed repairs, whether for individual homeowners or for the largest of institutions ...
X-Fire (game Show)
... X-Fire (pronounced 'Cross-fire'), was a paintball-based TV gameshow, aired on Channel 4 in the UK and presented by Ed Hall ...
Masonry - Passive Fire Protection (PFP)
... Masonry buildings can also be built to increase safety by reducing fire damage, such as the use of fire cuts during construction ...
Cheshire - Politics and Administration - Current
... Local government functions apart from the Police and Fire/Rescue services are carried out by four smaller unitary authorities Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, and Warrington ... Policing and fire and rescue services are still provided across the County as a whole, but by unelected bodies ... The Cheshire Police Authority and Cheshire Fire Authority consist of members of the four councils ...

More definitions of "fire":

  • (verb): Bake in a kiln so as to harden.
    Example: "Fire pottery"
  • (noun): A severe trial.
    Example: "He went through fire and damnation"
  • (verb): Start firing a weapon.
    Synonyms: open fire
  • (verb): Cause to go off.
    Example: "Fire a gun"; "fire a bullet"
    Synonyms: discharge
  • (verb): Drive out or away by or as if by fire.
    Example: "The soldiers were fired"; "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"
  • (noun): Intense adverse criticism.
    Example: "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"
    Synonyms: attack, flak, flack, blast
  • (noun): A fireplace in which a fire is burning.
    Example: "They sat by the fire and talked"
  • (verb): Provide with fuel.
    Synonyms: fuel
  • (noun): Once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles).
  • (noun): The act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy.
    Example: "Hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
    Synonyms: firing
  • (noun): The event of something burning (often destructive).
    Example: "They lost everything in the fire"

Famous quotes containing the word fire:

    And new Philosophy calls all in doubt,
    The element of fire is quite put out;
    The Sun is lost, and th’earth, and no mans wit
    Can well direct him where to look for it.
    John Donne (c. 1572–1631)

    I am grown old, and have possibly lost a great deal of that fire, which formerly made me love fire in others at any rate, and however attended with smoke: but now I must have all sense, and cannot, for the sake of five righteous lines, forgive a thousand absurd ones.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)

    For it is a fire that, kindling its first embers in the narrow nook of a private bosom, caught from a wandering spark out of another private heart, glows and enlarges until it warms and beams upon multitudes of men and women, upon the universal heart of all, and so lights up the whole world and all nature with its generous flames.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)