[flame] n [ME flaume, flaumbe, fr. MF flamme (fr. L flamma) & flambe, fr. OF, fr. flamble, fr. L flammula, dim. of flamma flame; akin to L flagrare to burn--more at black] (14c) 1: the glowing gaseous part of a fire
2. a: a state of blazing combustion "the car burst into ~" b: a condition or appearance suggesting a flame or burning: as (1): burning zeal or passion (2): a strong reddish orange color
3: brilliance, brightness
flame vb flamed ; flam.ing vi (14c) 1: to burn with a flame: blaze
2: to burst or break out violently or passionately "flaming with indignation"
3: to shine brightly: glow "color flaming up in her cheeks" ~ vt 1: to send or convey by means of flame "~ a message by signal fires"
2: to treat or affect with flame: as a: to sear, sterilize, or destroy by fire b: flambe -- flam.er n