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firelight

[fahyuh r-lahyt] /ˈfaɪərˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
the light from a fire, as on a hearth.
Origin of firelight
900
before 900; Middle English firlight, Old English fȳrlēoht. See fire, light1
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  • It was not morning, but the firelight, and I was in your arms, not in my little bed.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • She held the child so that they could see the tiny face in the firelight.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • A warmer flush than that of firelight alone lay on her cheek.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Full into the firelight, with a stealthy, sidelong movement, glided a doglike animal.

    White Fang Jack London
  • There was a glow of firelight through his cottage window, but no candle.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The gleam of firelight upon their bodies, and the waiting drummer.

    Happy Ending Fredric Brown
  • The firelight played on her hair, glowing in it prismatically.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • It was now between daylight and dark, and the firelight flashed in their faces.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The house was lit by the firelight only, which flashed like Will-o'-the-wisp on the hall window.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • He thought he should always remember the firelight on her profile—there in the shadows of the room.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
Word Origin and History for firelight
n.

Old English fyrleoht; see fire (n.) + light (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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