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
Synonyms for flame
Related Words for flameslight, flash, blaze, conflagration, flare, wildfire, fire, spark, ignite, holocaust, brightness, heartthrob, love, keenness, honey, dear, swain, girlfriend, beloved, ardor
Examples from the Web for flames
Contemporary Examples of flames
That was the extent of it during the peak of the flames, and the numbers that swooshed around in the press the next day.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot
December 30, 2014
Especially not when the display in question includes an angel falling from the sky in flames, surrounded by Biblical verses.In Florida, ’Tis The Season for Satan
December 7, 2014
And bonus points for the school bus that burst into flames with the comic timing of a Simpsons gag.The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’: A Grim Show Displays Its Comedy Streak, and A Major Reveal
November 10, 2014
Suddenly, the screen cuts to FLAMES which engulf the word "COWARDS?!?"Cliven Bundy’s Brokeback Mountain Moment
October 19, 2014
Another day, another Fox News segment stoking the flames of hate against Muslims.Megyn Kelly’s Really Scary Muslim
October 5, 2014
Historical Examples of flames
I sprang to my feet and took immediate measures to extinguish the flames.Brave and Bold
The flames had been suddenly quenched within him, and he felt cold and sick.Viviette
William J. Locke
Many of the Indians threw themselves into the flames rather than be taken.The Trail Book
Each moment, the flames of his passion increased in strength.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
- 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).