What is fire?

  • (noun): Once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles).
    See also — Additional definitions below


Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products. Slower oxidative processes like rusting or digestion are not included by this definition.

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Some articles on fire:

Fire - Restoration
... Different restoration methods and measures are used depending on the type of fire damage that occurred ... Fire damage can be performed by property management teams, building maintenance personnel, or by the homeowners themselves however, contacting a certified ... Most are usually listed under "Fire and Water Restoration" and they can help speed repairs, whether for individual homeowners or for the largest of institutions ...
Masonry - Passive Fire Protection (PFP)
... Masonry buildings can also be built to increase safety by reducing fire damage, such as the use of fire cuts during construction ...
X-Fire (game Show)
... X-Fire (pronounced 'Cross-fire'), was a paintball-based TV gameshow, aired on Channel 4 in the UK and presented by Ed Hall ...
Cheshire - Politics and Administration - Current
... government functions apart from the Police and Fire/Rescue services are carried out by four smaller unitary authorities Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, and ... Policing and fire and rescue services are still provided across the County as a whole, but by unelected bodies ... The Cheshire Police Authority and Cheshire Fire Authority consist of members of the four councils ...
Deep Frying - Disadvantages
... Cooking oil is flammable, and fires may be caused by it igniting at too high a temperature ... Further, attempts to extinguish an oil fire with water cause an extremely dangerous condition, a boilover, as it causes the water to flash into steam due to the high heat of the oil, in turn ... This is the leading cause of house fires in the United Kingdom ...

More definitions of "fire":

  • (noun): The event of something burning (often destructive).
    Example: "They lost everything in the fire"
  • (noun): The process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke.
    Example: "Fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"
    Synonyms: flame, flaming
  • (verb): Drive out or away by or as if by fire.
    Example: "The soldiers were fired"; "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"
  • (noun): The act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy.
    Example: "Hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
    Synonyms: firing
  • (noun): A fireplace in which a fire is burning.
    Example: "They sat by the fire and talked"
  • (verb): Start firing a weapon.
    Synonyms: open fire
  • (verb): Bake in a kiln so as to harden.
    Example: "Fire pottery"
  • (noun): A severe trial.
    Example: "He went through fire and damnation"
  • (noun): Intense adverse criticism.
    Example: "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"
    Synonyms: attack, flak, flack, blast
  • (verb): Cause to go off.
    Example: "Fire a gun"; "fire a bullet"
    Synonyms: discharge
  • (verb): Provide with fuel.
    Synonyms: fuel

Famous quotes containing the word fire:

    Grandfather, you were the pillar of fire in front of the camp and now we are left in the camp alone, in the dark; and we are so cold and so sad.
    Noa Ben-Artzi Philosof (b. 1978)

    his lips meet mine, and a flood
    Of sweet fire sweeps across me, so I drown
    Against him, die and find death good.
    —D.H. (David Herbert)

    Boys, when you see the enemy, fire and then run, and as I am a little lame, I will run now.
    —For the State of Rhode Island, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)