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Definition 1: the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy - [noun denoting act]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes
  • they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

(fire is a kind of ...) (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

"the attack began at dawn"

(... is a kind of fire ) fire designed to disturb the rest of enemy troops and to curtail movement and to lower enemy morale

(... is a kind of fire ) fire delivered on a target that is not itself used as the point of aim for the weapons

(... is a kind of fire ) fire directed to an area to prevent the enemy from using that area

(... is a kind of fire ) fire that is delivered in order to render the target ineffective or unusable

(... is a kind of fire ) fire for which the point of impact (the burst) can be seen by an observer; fire can be adjusted on the basis of the observations

(... is a kind of fire ) fire delivered on a target in preparation for an assault

(... is a kind of fire ) gunfire aimed a target that is being tracked by radar

(... is a kind of fire ) fire delivered to obtain accurate data for subsequent effective engagement of targets

(... is a kind of fire ) prearranged fire delivered at a predetermined time

(... is a kind of fire ) fire distributed in depth by successive changes in the elevation of the gun

(... is a kind of fire ) fire delivered by supporting units to protect or assist a unit in combat

(... is a kind of fire ) fire on or about a weapon system to degrade its performance below what is needed to fulfill its mission objectives

(... is a kind of fire ) fire for which the point of impact (the bursts) cannot be observed

(... is a kind of fire ) fire approximately parallel to the ground; the center of the cone of fire does rise above 1 meter from the ground

(... is a kind of fire ) fire that injures or kills an enemy

(... is a kind of fire ) fire that injures or kills an ally

(... is a kind of fire ) firing at enemy aircraft

(... is a kind of fire ) the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target

"they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops" "the shelling went on for hours without pausing"

(... is a kind of fire ) the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship

(... is a kind of fire ) rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

"our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"

(... is a kind of fire ) fire delivered on a specific target in response to a request from the supported unit

(... is a kind of fire ) fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations

"artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"

(... is a kind of fire ) fire from two or more weapons directed at a single target or area (as fire by batteries of two or more warships)

(... is a kind of fire ) fire intended to neutralize or destroy enemy weapons

(... is a kind of fire ) intensive prearranged fire delivered when the immanence of enemy attack is discovered

(... is a kind of fire ) fire from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross

(... is a kind of fire ) fire delivered for the sole purpose of destroying material objects

(... is a kind of fire ) fire delivered on a target that is visible to the person aiming it

(... is a kind of fire ) fire dispersed so as to engage effectively an area target

(... is a kind of fire ) fire delivered by artillery

Definition 2: a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they sat by the fire and talked

(fire is a kind of ...) an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built

"the fireplace was so large you could walk inside it" "he laid a fire in the hearth and lit it" "the hearth was black with the charcoal of many fires"

(... is a kind of fire ) a fire for cooking

Definition 3: intense adverse criticism - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party
  • the government has come under attack
  • don't give me any flak

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

(fire is a kind of ...) disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

"the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"

Definition 4: the event of something burning (often destructive) - [noun denoting event]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they lost everything in the fire

(fire is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of fire ) a fire that burns with thick smoke but no flame

"the smoulder suddenly became a blaze"

(... is a kind of fire ) an uncontrolled fire in a grassy area

(... is a kind of fire ) an uncontrolled fire in a wooded area

(... is a kind of fire ) a very intense and uncontrolled fire

(... is a kind of fire ) a small outdoor fire for warmth or cooking (as at a camp)

(... is a kind of fire ) an uncontrolled fire that consumes brush and shrubs and bushes

(... is a kind of fire ) a large outdoor fire that is lighted as a signal or in celebration

(... is a kind of fire ) a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path

(... is a kind of fire ) a smoky fire to drive away insects

Definition 5: a severe trial - [noun denoting event]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he went through fire and damnation

(fire is a kind of ...) an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event

"his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him" "life is full of tribulations" "a visitation of the plague"

Definition 6: feelings of great warmth and intensity - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he spoke with great ardor

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

(fire is a kind of ...) a strong feeling or emotion

(... is a kind of fire ) excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end

"he had an absolute zeal for litigation"

Definition 7: the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke - [noun denoting process]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

(fire is a kind of ...) a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light

(... is a kind of fire ) a strong flame that burns brightly

"the blaze spread rapidly"

(... is a kind of fire ) a sudden burst of flame

(... is a kind of fire ) the process of initiating combustion or catching fire

Definition 8: fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking - [noun denoting substance]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • put the kettle on the fire
  • barbecue over an open fire

(fire is a kind of ...) a substance that can be consumed to produce energy

"more fuel is needed during the winter months" "they developed alternative fuels for aircraft"

Definition 9: once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles) - [noun denoting substance]

(fire is a kind of ...) one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe

"the alchemists believed that there were four elements"

(fire is used in the usage domain ...) the use of an archaic expression

Definition 10: bake in a kiln so as to harden - [verb of change]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fire pottery

(fire is a kind of ...) cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven

"bake the potatoes"

(fire belongs to category ...) the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

"cooking can be a great art" "people are needed who have experience in cookery" "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

Definition 11: destroy by fire - [verb of change]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They burned the house and his diaries

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

(fire is a kind of ...) destroy completely; damage irreparably

"You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!" "The tears ruined her make-up"

(... is a kind of fire ) set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire

(... is a kind of fire ) reduce to ashes

"Cremate a corpse"

(... is a kind of fire ) burn maliciously, as by arson

"The madman torched the barns"

(... is a kind of fire ) destroy completely by or as if by fire

"The wildfire scorched the forest and several homes" "the invaders scorched the land"

(fire has a similar meaning as ...) undergo combustion

"Maple wood burns well"

(fire has a similar meaning as ...) cause to undergo combustion

"burn garbage" "The car burns only Diesel oil"

Definition 12: start or maintain a fire in - [verb of change]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fire the furnace

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

Definition 13: become ignited - [verb of change]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The furnace wouldn't fire

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

(fire causes ...) start or maintain a fire in

"fire the furnace"

Definition 14: cause to go off - [verb of competition]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fire a gun
  • fire a bullet

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of fire ) fire a weapon with a loud explosive noise

"The soldiers were popping"

(... is a kind of fire ) fire as from a gun

"The soldiers let drive their bullets"

(... is a kind of fire ) fire a shot

"the gunman blasted away"

(... is a kind of fire ) attack with fusillade

(fire causes ...) go off or discharge

"The gun fired"

Definition 15: start firing a weapon - [verb of competition]

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

(fire is a kind of ...) fire a shot

"the gunman blasted away"

Definition 16: go off or discharge - [verb of competition]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The gun fired

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

Definition 17: generate an electrical impulse - [verb of creation]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the neurons fired fast

(fire is a kind of ...) produce (energy)

"We can't generate enough power for the entire city" "The hydroelectric plant needs to generate more electricity"

(fire belongs to category ...) processes and functions of an organism

Definition 18: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) - [verb of emotion]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • arouse pity
  • raise a smile
  • evoke sympathy

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

(fire is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(... is a kind of fire ) overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

(... is a kind of fire ) hurt the feelings of

"She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests" "This remark really bruised my ego"

(... is a kind of fire ) cause to be ashamed

(... is a kind of fire ) cause to lose one's composure

(... is a kind of fire ) make angry

"The news angered him"

(... is a kind of fire ) arouse or elicit a feeling

(... is a kind of fire ) stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

"These stories shook the community" "the civil war shook the country"

(... is a kind of fire ) arouse or excite feelings and passions

"The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor" "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world" "Wake old feelings of hatred"

(... is a kind of fire ) to cause a sharp emotional pain

"The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience"

(... is a kind of fire ) arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way

"His new car has infatuated him" "love has infatuated her"

(... is a kind of fire ) arouse again

"rekindle hopes" "rekindle her love"

(... is a kind of fire ) elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.

"The President's comments drew sharp criticism from the Republicans" "The comedian drew a lot of laughter"

(... is a kind of fire ) increase the likelihood of

"ask for trouble" "invite criticism"

(... is a kind of fire ) evoke a reaction, response, or emotion

"this writer strikes a chord with young women" "The storyteller touched a chord"

(... is a kind of fire ) excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

Definition 19: drive out or away by or as if by fire - [verb of motion]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The soldiers were fired
  • Surrender fires the cold skepticism

(fire is a kind of ...) force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings

"Drive away potential burglars" "drive away bad thoughts" "dispel doubts" "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"

Definition 20: provide with fuel - [verb of possession]

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Oil fires the furnace

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

(fire is a kind of ...) give something useful or necessary to

"We provided the room with an electrical heater"

Samples where fire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The boss fired his secretary today
  • The company terminated 25% of its workers

Synonyms for fire in the sense of this definition

(fire is a kind of ...) remove from a position or an office

(... is a kind of fire ) make (someone) retire

"The director was retired after the scandal"

(... is a kind of fire ) let go from employment with an attractive pension

"The director was pensioned off when he got senile"

(... is a kind of fire ) force out

"The new boss cleaned out the lazy workers"

(... is a kind of fire ) dismiss, usually for economic reasons

"She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"

(... is a kind of fire ) force out

"Some employees were squeezed out by the recent budget cuts"

(... is a kind of fire ) stop associating with

"They dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock"

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