Origin of flame-out
verb (used without object), flamed, flam·ing.
verb (used with object), flamed, flam·ing.
- (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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verb flame out (adverb)
- a strong reddish-orange colour
- (as adjective)a flame carpet
Word Origin for flame
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).
see add fuel to the fire (flames); burst into (flames); fan the flames; go up in flames; shoot down (in flames).