flame

\ \ [14] Flame traces its history back to an Indo-European *bhleg-, *phleg-, which also produced Greek phlóxflame’ (source of English phlox, and related to phlegm and phlegmatic), Latin flāgrāreburn, blaze’ (source of English flagrant), Latin fulmen (source of English fulminate), and Latin fulgēreshine’ (source of English refulgent [16]). The relevant descendant in this case was Latin flammaflame’, acquired by English via Old French flame. It had a diminutive form flammula, which produced Old French flambesmall flame’, ultimate source of English flambé [19] and flamboyant [19] (originally an architectural term applied to a 15th- and 16th-century French Gothic style characterized by wavy flamelike forms).
\ \ Cf.FLAGRANT, FLAMBOYANT, FLAMINGO, PHLEGM, REFULGENT

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  • Flame — (fl[=a]m), n. [OE. flame, flaume, flaumbe, OF. flame, flambe, F. flamme, fr. L. flamma, fr. flamma, fr. flagrare to burn. See {Flagrant}, and cf. {Flamneau}, {Flamingo}.] 1. A stream of burning vapor or gas, emitting light and heat; darting or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flame — [flām] n. [ME < OFr flamme (< L flamma) & flambe < L flammula, dim. of flamma < base of flagrare, to burn: see FLAGRANT] 1. the burning gas or vapor of a fire, seen as a flickering light of various colors; blaze 2. a tongue of light… …   English World dictionary

  • Flame — Flame, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flaming}.] [OE. flamen, flaumben, F. flamber, OF. also, flamer. See {Flame}, n.] 1. To burn with a flame or blaze; to burn as gas emitted from bodies in combustion; to blaze. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flame — [n1] fire blaze, brightness, conflagration, flare, flash, holocaust, light, rapid oxidation, wildfire; concepts 478,521 flame [n2] lover; passion affection, ardor, baby, beau, beloved, boyfriend, darling, dear, desire, enthusiasm, fervor, fire,… …   New thesaurus

  • flame — flame; flame·less; flame·let; in·flame; flame·less·ly; …   English syllables

  • flame — ► NOUN 1) a hot glowing body of ignited gas produced by something on fire. 2) something thought of as burning fiercely or able to be extinguished: the flame of hope. 3) a brilliant orange red colour. ► VERB 1) give off flames. 2) apply a flame… …   English terms dictionary

  • Flame — [fleim] die; , s, auch das; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. flame, eigtl. »Flamme«, dies über altfr. flame, flamme aus lat. flamma> Wortgefecht, heftige Auseinandersetzung über E Mail im Internet …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Flame — Flame, v. t. To kindle; to inflame; to excite. [1913 Webster] And flamed with zeal of vengeance inwardly. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flame — flām vt, flamed; flam·ing to cleanse or sterilize by fire * * * (flām) 1. the luminous, irregular appearance usually accompanying combustion caused by the light emitted from energetically excited chemical species, or an appearance resembling …   Medical dictionary

  • flame — n blaze, flare, glare, glow (see under BLAZE vb) Analogous words: effulgence, radiance, brilliance or brilliancy, refulgence, luminosity, brightness (see corresponding adjectives at BRIGHT): ardor, fervor, *passion: flashing, coruscation,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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