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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. 2017.
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  • Then, as the red fire died out, the boys saw the German make a spring for his enemy.

    Jack Ranger's Gun Club Clarence Young
  • The ball of red fire in the west was half below the rim of the distant peak.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • A moment later they swept past a glare of red fire blazing beside the track.

    Cab and Caboose Kirk Munroe
  • Streaks of red fire played against the blackness of his eyelids.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Half an hour later he saw her, through a glare of red fire, setting off fire-crackers with his brother and Pendleton.

    The Delafield Affair Florence Finch Kelly
  • Its windows blaze forth with the red fire of the evening sun.

  • In Taunton they had an evening band concert on the Common, accompanied with red fire and speeches.

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

  • In the spring of 1885 the idea originated of illuminating it with red fire.

    The Mountains of Oregon William Gladstone Steel
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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