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Fire vs. Ember

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Firenoun

(uncountable) A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bonding of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smouldering.

Embernoun

A glowing piece of coal or wood.

Firenoun

(countable) An instance of this chemical reaction, especially when intentionally created and maintained in a specific location to a useful end (such as a campfire or a hearth fire).

‘We sat about the fire singing songs and telling tales.’;

Embernoun

Smoldering ash.

Firenoun

(countable) The occurrence, often accidental, of fire in a certain place, causing damage and danger.

‘There was a fire at the school last night and the whole place burned down.’; ‘During hot and dry summers many fires in forests are caused by regardlessly discarded cigarette butts.’;

Emberadjective

Making a circuit of the year or the seasons; recurring in each quarter of the year, as certain religious days set apart for fasting and prayer.

‘ember fasts’; ‘ember days’; ‘ember weeks’;

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Firenoun

The aforementioned chemical reaction of burning, considered one of the Classical elements or basic elements of alchemy.

Embernoun

A lighted coal, smoldering amid ashes; - used chiefly in the plural, to signify mingled coals and ashes; the smoldering remains of a fire.

‘He takes a lighted ember out of the covered vessel.’;

Firenoun

A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).

Emberadjective

Making a circuit of the year of the seasons; recurring in each quarter of the year; as, ember fasts.

Firenoun

(countable) The elements necessary to start a fire.

‘The fire was laid and needed to be lit.’;

Embernoun

a hot glowing or smouldering fragment of wood or coal left from a fire

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Firenoun

(uncountable) The bullets or other projectiles fired from a gun.

‘The fire from the enemy guns kept us from attacking.’;

Embernoun

a small piece of burning or glowing coal or wood in a dying fire

‘the dying embers in the grate’; ‘the flickering embers of nationalism’;

Firenoun

Strength of passion, whether love or hate.

Ember

An ember is a glowing, hot coal made of greatly heated wood, coal, or other carbon-based material that remain after, or sometimes precede, a fire. Embers can glow very hot, sometimes as hot as the fire which created them.

Firenoun

Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm.

Firenoun

Splendour; brilliancy; lustre; hence, a star.

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Firenoun

(countable) A button (on a joypad, joystick or similar device) usually used to make a video game character activate a weapon/

‘Press fire to fire the gun.’;

Fireverb

(transitive) To set (something, often a building) on fire.

Fireverb

(transitive) To heat as with fire, but without setting on fire, as ceramic, metal objects, etc.

‘If you fire the pottery at too high a temperature, it may crack.’; ‘They fire the wood to make it easier to put a point on the end.’;

Fireverb

(transitive) To drive away by setting a fire.

Fireverb

(transitive) To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), especially for cause (such as misconduct or poor performance).

Fireverb

(transitive) To shoot (a gun or analogous device).

‘We will fire our guns at the enemy.’; ‘He fired his radar gun at passing cars.’;

Fireverb

(intransitive) To shoot a gun, cannon, or similar weapon.

‘Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes.’;

Fireverb

To shoot; to attempt to score a goal.

Fireverb

To cause an action potential in a cell.

‘When a neuron fires, it transmits information.’;

Fireverb

(transitive) To forcibly direct (something).

‘He answered the questions the reporters fired at him.’;

Fireverb

To initiate an event (by means of an event handler).

‘The event handler should only fire after all web page content has finished loading.’; ‘The queue fires a job whenever the thread pool is ready to handle it.’;

Fireverb

To inflame; to irritate, as the passions.

‘to fire the soul with anger, pride, or revenge’;

Fireverb

To animate; to give life or spirit to.

‘to fire the genius of a young man’;

Fireverb

To feed or serve the fire of.

‘to fire a boiler’;

Fireverb

To light up as if by fire; to illuminate.

Fireverb

(farriery) To cauterize.

Fireverb

To catch fire; to be kindled.

Fireverb

To be irritated or inflamed with passion.

Fireadjective

(slang) Amazing; excellent.

‘That shit is fire, yo!’;

Fireinterjection

A cry of distress indicating that something is on fire, or that there is a fire.

Fireinterjection

A signal to shoot.

Firenoun

The evolution of light and heat in the combustion of bodies; combustion; state of ignition.

Firenoun

Fuel in a state of combustion, as on a hearth, or in a stove or a furnace.

Firenoun

The burning of a house or town; a conflagration.

Firenoun

Anything which destroys or affects like fire.

Firenoun

Ardor of passion, whether love or hate; excessive warmth; consuming violence of temper.

‘he had fire in his temper.’;

Firenoun

Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm; capacity for ardor and zeal.

‘And bless their critic with a poet's fire.’;

Firenoun

Splendor; brilliancy; luster; hence, a star.

‘Stars, hide your fires.’; ‘As in a zodiacrepresenting the heavenly fires.’;

Firenoun

Torture by burning; severe trial or affliction.

Firenoun

The discharge of firearms; firing; as, the troops were exposed to a heavy fire.

Fireverb

To set on fire; to kindle; as, to fire a house or chimney; to fire a pile.

Fireverb

To subject to intense heat; to bake; to burn in a kiln; as, to fire pottery.

Fireverb

To inflame; to irritate, as the passions; as, to fire the soul with anger, pride, or revenge.

‘Love had fired my mind.’;

Fireverb

To animate; to give life or spirit to; as, to fire the genius of a young man.

Fireverb

To feed or serve the fire of; as, to fire a boiler.

Fireverb

To light up as if by fire; to illuminate.

‘[The sun] fires the proud tops of the eastern pines.’;

Fireverb

To cause to explode; as, to fire a torpedo; to disharge; as, to fire a rifle, pistol, or cannon; to fire cannon balls, rockets, etc.

Fireverb

To drive by fire.

‘Till my bad angel fire my good one out.’;

Fireverb

To cauterize.

Fireverb

to dismiss from employment, a post, or other job; to cause (a person) to cease being an employee; - of a person. The act of firing is usually performed by that person's supervisor or employer.

Fireverb

To take fire; to be kindled; to kindle.

Fireverb

To be irritated or inflamed with passion.

Fireverb

To discharge artillery or firearms; as, they fired on the town.to grow irritated or angry.

Firenoun

the event of something burning (often destructive);

‘they lost everything in the fire’;

Firenoun

the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke;

‘fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries’;

Firenoun

the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy;

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

Firenoun

a fireplace in which a fire is burning;

‘they sat by the fire and talked’;

Firenoun

intense adverse criticism;

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

Firenoun

feelings of great warmth and intensity;

‘he spoke with great ardor’;

Firenoun

once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)

Firenoun

a severe trial;

‘he went through fire and damnation’;

Fireverb

start firing a weapon

Fireverb

cause to go off;

‘fire a gun’; ‘fire a bullet’;

Fireverb

bake in a kiln so as to harden;

‘fire pottery’;

Fireverb

terminate the employment of;

‘The boss fired his secretary today’; ‘The company terminated 25% of its workers’;

Fireverb

go off or discharge;

‘The gun fired’;

Fireverb

drive out or away by or as if by fire;

‘The soldiers were fired’; ‘Surrender fires the cold skepticism’;

Fireverb

call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses);

‘arouse pity’; ‘raise a smile’; ‘evoke sympathy’;

Fireverb

destroy by fire;

‘They burned the house and his diaries’;

Fireverb

provide with fuel;

‘Oil fires the furnace’;

Fire

Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products. Fire is hot because the conversion of the weak double bond in molecular oxygen, O2, to the stronger bonds in the combustion products carbon dioxide and water releases energy (418 kJ per 32 g of O2); the bond energies of the fuel play only a minor role here.

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