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red fire

any of various combustible preparations, as one containing strontium nitrate, that burn with a vivid red light: used chiefly in pyrotechnic displays and in signaling.
Origin of red fire
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The ball of red fire in the west was half below the rim of the distant peak.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Streaks of red fire played against the blackness of his eyelids.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • A hot wind knocked him senseless and red fire singed his fur.

    The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • And that was like an evening with golden candle-light and red fire burning.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • The sun was over there when the red fire struck, and it's over here now.

  • His match was burning with a thread of blue smoke and a spark of red fire.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • Its windows blaze forth with the red fire of the evening sun.

  • He looked at the Prince, and his eyes flashed as if with red fire.

  • Why-he was sitting up in the bed, his very own bed, by the red fire!

    Seven O'Clock Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for red fire

red fire

any combustible material that burns with a bright red flame: used in flares and fireworks. The colour is usually produced by strontium salts
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