Meaning of FLAME in English

FLAME

/ fleɪm; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

[ C , U ] a hot bright stream of burning gas that comes from sth that is on fire :

the tiny yellow flame of a match

The flames were growing higher and higher.

The building was in flames (= was burning) .

The plane burst into flame(s) (= suddenly began burning strongly) .

Everything went up in flames (= was destroyed by fire) .

—picture at fireplace , Bunsen burner

2.

[ U ] a bright red or orange colour :

a flame-red car

3.

[ C ] ( literary ) a very strong feeling :

a flame of passion

—see also old flame

4.

[ C ] ( informal ) an angry or insulting message sent to sb by email or on the Internet

IDIOMS

see fan verb

■ verb

1.

( literary ) to burn with a bright flame :

[ v ]

The logs flamed on the hearth.

( figurative )

Hope flamed in her.

[also v - adj ]

2.

( literary ) ( of a person's face ) to become red as a result of a strong emotion; to make sth become red :

[ v ]

Her cheeks flamed with rage.

[also v - adj , vn ]

3.

[ vn ] ( informal ) to send sb an angry or insulting message by email or on the Internet

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French flame (noun), flamer (verb), from Latin flamma a flame.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.