A flame (from Latin flamma) is the visible, gaseous part of a fire. It is caused by a highly exothermic reaction taking place in a thin zone. Some flames, such as the flame of a burning candle, are hot enough to have ionized gaseous components and can be considered plasma. There is, however, disagreement on this subject.
Famous quotes containing the word flame:
“The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil.”
—Gerard Manley Hopkins (18441889)
“I would that we were, my beloved, white birds on the foam of the sea!
We tire of the flame of the meteor, before it can fade and flee;
And the flame of the blue star of twilight, hung low on the rim of the sky,
Has awaked in our hearts, my beloved, a sadness that may not die.”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)
“The flame from the angels sword in the garden of Eden has been catalysed into the atom bomb; Gods thunderbolt became blunted, so mans dunderbolt has become the steel star of destruction.”
—Sean OCasey (18841964)