Meaning of FLAME in English

I. ˈflām noun

Etymology: Middle English flaume, flaumbe, from Anglo-French flame (from Latin flamma ) & flambe, flamble, from Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma flame; akin to Latin flagrare to burn — more at black

Date: 14th century

1. : the glowing gaseous part of a fire


a. : a state of blazing combustion

the car burst into flame

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

4. : sweetheart

5. : the memory, reputation, or beliefs of a deceased person ; broadly : memory

keeper of the flame

6. : an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message

II. verb

( flamed ; flam·ing )

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb

1. : to burn with a flame : blaze


a. : to burst or break out violently or passionately

flaming with indignation

b. : to send an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message

3. : to shine brightly : glow

color flaming up in her cheeks

transitive verb

1. : to send or convey by means of flame

flame a message by signal fires

2. : to treat or affect with flame: as

a. : to sear, sterilize, or destroy by fire

b. : flambe

3. : to send an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message to or about

• flam·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.