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definition of the word fire

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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A large fire.

From Middle English fier < Old English fyr < Proto-Germanic *fuir < Proto-Indo-European *perjos, *paewr- (fire) This was an inanimate noun, whose animate counterpart was Proto-Indo-European *perjos, *egni-. Akin to Dutch vuur, German Feuer, Ancient Greek πῦρ (pur).


countable and uncountable; fires

fire (countable and uncountable; plural fires)

  1. (uncountable) A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bonding of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smouldering.
  2. (countable) Something that has produced or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire.
    We sat around the fire singing songs and telling stories.
  3. (countable) The, often accidental, occurrence of fire in a certain place leading to its full or partial destruction.
    There was a fire at the school last night and the whole place burned down.
    During hot and dry summers many fires in forests are caused by regardlessly discarded cigarette butts.
  4. (uncountable, alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
  5. (India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  6. (countable, UK) A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).
  7. (countable) The elements necessary to start a fire.
    The fire was laid and needed to be lit.
  8. (uncountable) The in-flight bullets or other projectiles shot from a gun.
    The fire from the enemy guns kept us from attacking.

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