Origin of flaming
- burning gas or vapor, as from wood or coal, that is undergoing combustion; a portion of ignited gas or vapor.
- Often flames. the state or condition of blazing combustion: to burst into flames.
- any flamelike condition; glow; inflamed condition.
- brilliant light; scintillating luster.
- bright coloring; a streak or patch of color.
- flame color.
- intense ardor, zeal, or passion.
- Informal. an object of one's passionate love; sweetheart: He's taking out his new flame tonight.
- Computer Slang. an angry, critical, or disparaging electronic message, as an online comment.
- to burn with a flame or flames; burst into flames; blaze.
- to glow like flame; shine brilliantly; flash.
- to burn or burst forth with strong emotion; break into open anger, indignation, etc.
- Computer Slang. to post an angry, critical, or disparaging electronic message, as an online comment.
- to subject to the action of flame or fire.
- to flambé.
- Computer Slang. to insult or criticize angrily in an online post or comment.
- flame out,
- (of a jet engine) to cease to function due to an interruption of the fuel supply or to faulty combustion.
- to burst out in or as if in flames.
Origin of flame
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Examples from the Web for flaming
He circled around to the North Tower and saw what he at first took to be clothing tossed from the flaming heights.The President and the Tow Truck Driver
September 25, 2014
It was a terrifying bombardment of rocks, palm trunks and flaming naphtha.In Threatening Baghdad, Militants Seek to Undo 800 Years of History
August 16, 2014
Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and the Flaming Lips (along with many others) will be in attendance from June 12 to 15.The Best Summer Music Festivals
May 19, 2014
As it turns out, the accusations in the ad are false—as in, flaming “pants on fire” false.How 2014 Is Shaping Up to be the Darkest Money Election to Date
April 30, 2014
The result was three archconservatives, three flaming liberals and four centrist moderates.Remembering Ma Laureys, the Mother of 10 Christie Slandered to Win His First Election
January 23, 2014
Her cheeks wore each a little hectic spot; her eyes were flaming.Meadow Grass
He had become yet paler, and his keen intelligent eyes were flaming.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
With a flaming brand in each hand, he sprang to the edge of the fire.White Fang
They in their day had carried the flaming liquor, but to-day was his!Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
They were all in a flaming fire, and the heaven also was in a burning flame.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
- burning with or emitting flames
- glowing brightly; brilliant
- intense or ardent; vehement; passionatea flaming temper
- informal (intensifier)you flaming idiot
- an obsolete word for flagrant
- a hot usually luminous body of burning gas often containing small incandescent particles, typically emanating in flickering streams from burning material or produced by a jet of ignited gas
- (often plural) the state or condition of burning with flamesto burst into flames
- a brilliant light; fiery glow
- a strong reddish-orange colour
- (as adjective)a flame carpet
- intense passion or ardour; burning emotion
- informal a lover or sweetheart (esp in the phrase an old flame)
- informal an abusive message sent by electronic mail, esp to express anger or criticism of an internet user
- to burn or cause to burn brightly; give off or cause to give off flame
- (intr) to burn or glow as if with fire; become red or fieryhis face flamed with anger
- (intr) to show great emotion; become angry or excited
- (tr) to apply a flame to (something)
- (tr) archaic to set on fire, either physically or with emotion
- informal to send an abusive message by electronic mail
Word Origin and History for flaming
intensifying adjective, late 19c., from present participle of flame (v.). Meaning "glaringly homosexual" is homosexual slang, 1970s (along with flamer (n.) "conspicuously homosexual man"); but flamer "glaringly conspicuous person or thing" (1809) and flaming "glaringly conspicuous" (1781) are much earlier in the general sense, both originally with reference to "wenches."
mid-14c., from Anglo-French flaume, Old French flamme (10c.), from Latin flammula "small flame," diminutive of flamma "flame, blazing fire," from PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash," from root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).
The meaning "a sweetheart" is attested from 1640s; the figurative sense of "burning passion" was in Middle English. Flame-thrower (1917) translates German flammenwerfer (1915).
- The hot, glowing mixture of burning gases and tiny particles that arises from combustion. Flames get their light either from the fluorescence of molecules or ions that have become excited, or from the incandescence of solid particles involved in the combustion process, such as the carbon particles from a candle.