Meaning of "fire" in Essential American English Dictionary


noun us /fɑɪər/

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 Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)