fire noun Meaning in the Cambridge Essential American Dictionary

Meaning of "fire" in Essential American English Dictionary


A2 heat, light, and flames that are made when something burns: Three people were killed in the fire.
catch fire B1 to start burning: Dry grass can catch fire easily.
be on fire B1 to be burning: That house is on fire.
set fire to something to make something start burning: Enemy troops set fire to the village.
B1 a pile of wood or coal that is burning to produce heat: He sat close to the fire to keep warm.
open fire (on someone) to start shooting with guns, usually at a group of people: Suddenly, the soldiers opened fire on the enemy.
(Definition of fire noun from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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