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flame

noun uk   /fleɪm/ us  

flame noun (FIRE)

B2 [C or U] burning gas (from something on fire) which produces usually yellow light: The flames grew larger as the fire spread. The car flipped over and burst into flames (= started burning immediately). When the fire engine arrived the house was already in flames (= burning).Fire and flameFire service

flame noun (EMOTION)

[C] literary a powerful feeling: Flames of passion swept through both of them.
See also
Strong feelings

flame noun (COMPUTING)

[C] slang an angry or offensive email: flame warsInternet terminology and abbreviations

flame

verb uk   /fleɪm/ us  

flame verb (BURN)

[I] literary to burn (more) brightly: The fire flamed cosily in the hearth. The fire suddenly flamed (up).Burning, burnt and on fire

flame verb (EMOTION)

[I] literary If an emotion flames, you feel it suddenly and strongly: Seeing the damage made hatred flame within her.Exploding and erupting [I] literary to suddenly become hot and red with emotion: His face flamed (red) with anger.Expressing and showing feelings

flame verb (COMPUTING)

[T] slang to send an angry or insulting email: Please don't flame me if you disagree with this message.Internet terminology and abbreviations
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