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burning gas or vapor, as from wood or coal, that is undergoing combustion; a portion of ignited gas or vapor.
Often, flames. the state or condition of blazing combustion: to burst into flames.
any flamelike condition; glow; inflamed condition.
brilliant light; scintillating luster.
bright coloring; a streak or patch of color.
intense ardor, zeal, or passion.
Informal. an object of one's passionate love; sweetheart: He's taking out his new flame tonight.
Computer Slang. an angry, critical, or disparaging electronic message, as an e-mail or newsgroup post.
verb (used without object), flamed, flaming.
to burn with a flame or flames; burst into flames; blaze.
to glow like flame; shine brilliantly; flash.
to burn or burst forth with strong emotion; break into open anger, indignation, etc.
Computer Slang. to send an angry, critical, or disparaging electronic message.
verb (used with object), flamed, flaming.
to subject to the action of flame or fire.
to flambé.
Computer Slang. to insult or criticize angrily in an electronic message.
Verb phrases
flame out,
(of a jet engine) to cease to function due to an interruption of the fuel supply or to faulty combustion.
to burst out in or as if in flames.

1300–50; (noun) Middle English flaume < Anglo-French, variant of flaumbe; Old French flambe, earlier flamble < Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma flame (see -ule); (v.) Middle English flaumen < Anglo-French flaum(b)er; Old French flamber < Latin flammāre, derivative of flamma

flamer, noun
flameless, adjective
flamelike, adjective
outflame, verb (used with object), outflamed, outflaming.
preflame, adjective
underflame, noun

1. fire. Flame, blaze, conflagration refer to the light and heat given off by combustion. Flame is the common word, referring to a combustion of any size: the light of a match flame. Blaze usually denotes a quick, hot, bright, and comparatively large flame: The fire burst into a blaze. Conflagration refers to destructive flames which spread over a considerable area: A conflagration destroyed Chicago.
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flame (fleɪm)
1.  a hot usually luminous body of burning gas often containing small incandescent particles, typically emanating in flickering streams from burning material or produced by a jet of ignited gas
2.  (often plural) the state or condition of burning with flames: to burst into flames
3.  a brilliant light; fiery glow
4.  a.  a strong reddish-orange colour
 b.  (as adjective): a flame carpet
5.  intense passion or ardour; burning emotion
6.  informal a lover or sweetheart (esp in the phrase an old flame)
7.  informal an abusive message sent by electronic mail, esp to express anger or criticism of an internet user
8.  to burn or cause to burn brightly; give off or cause to give off flame
9.  (intr) to burn or glow as if with fire; become red or fiery: his face flamed with anger
10.  (intr) to show great emotion; become angry or excited
11.  (tr) to apply a flame to (something)
12.  archaic (tr) to set on fire, either physically or with emotion
13.  informal to send an abusive message by electronic mail
[C14: from Anglo-French flaume, from Old French flambe, modification of flamble, from Latin flammula a little flame, from flamma flame]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from Anglo-Fr. flaume, O.Fr. flamme, from L. flammula "small flame," dim. of flamma "flame," from PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash," from base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach). The meaning "a sweetheart" is attested from 1640s; the figurative sense of
"burning passion" was in M.E. The verb is M.E. flamen, from O.Fr. flamer; the verb sense of "unleash invective on a computer network" is from 1980s. Flamer, flaming "glaringly homosexual" are homosexual slang from 1970s, but flamer "glaringly conspicuous person or thing" (1809) and flaming "glaringly conspicuous" (1781) are much earlier in the general sense, both originally with reference to "wenches." Flaming as an intensifying adj. dates from late 19c. Flame-thrower (1917) translates Ger. flammenwerfer (1915).
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flame   (flām)  Pronunciation Key 
The hot, glowing mixture of burning gases and tiny particles that arises from combustion. Flames get their light either from the fluorescence of molecules or ions that have become excited, or from the incandescence of solid particles involved in the combustion process, such as the carbon particles from a candle.
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