[ fleym-out ]
/ ˈfleɪmˌaʊt /
the failure of a jet engine due to an interruption of the fuel supply or to faulty combustion.
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Origin of flame-out
First recorded in 1945–50; noun use of verb phrase flame out
Also called blowout.
Definition for flame out (2 of 2)
[ fleym ]
/ fleɪm /
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.
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.
verb (used without object), flamed, flam·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), flamed, flam·ing.
to subject to the action of flame or fire.
Computer Slang. to insult or criticize angrily in an online post or comment.
- (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
1300–50; (noun) Middle English flaume < Anglo-French, variant of flaumbe; Old French flambe, earlier flamble < Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma flame (see -ule); (v.) Middle English flaumen < Anglo-French flaum(b)er; Old French flamber < Latin flammāre, derivative of flamma
SYNONYMS FOR flame
1 fire. Flame, blaze, conflagration refer to the light and heat given off by combustion. Flame is the common word, referring to a combustion of any size: the light of a match flame. Blaze usually denotes a quick, hot, bright, and comparatively large flame: The fire burst into a blaze. Conflagration refers to destructive flames which spread over a considerable area: A conflagration destroyed Chicago.
flam·er, nounflame·less, adjectiveflame·like, adjectiveout·flame, verb (used with object), out·flamed, out·flam·ing.
pre·flame, adjectiveun·der·flame, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flame out
/ (fleɪm) /
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
See also flameout
flamer, nounflameless, adjectiveflamelet, nounflamelike, adjective
Word Origin for flame
C14: from Anglo-French flaume, from Old French flambe, modification of flamble, from Latin flammula a little flame, from flamma flame
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Science definitions for flame out
[ flām ]
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with flame out
see add fuel to the fire (flames); burst into (flames); fan the flames; go up in flames; shoot down (in flames).
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