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  7  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Fire  \Fire\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fired};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  1.  To  set  on  fire;  to  kindle;  as  to  fire  a  house  or  chimney; 
  to  fire  a  pile. 
  2.  To  subject  to  intense  heat;  to  bake;  to  burn  in  a  kiln; 
  as  to  fire  pottery. 
  3.  To  inflame;  to  irritate,  as  the  passions;  as  to  fire  the 
  soul  with  anger,  pride,  or  revenge. 
  Love  had  fired  my  mind.  --Dryden. 
  4.  To  animate;  to  give  life  or  spirit  to  as  to  fire  the 
  genius  of  a  young  man. 
  5.  To  feed  or  serve  the  fire  of  as  to  fire  a  boiler. 
  6.  To  light  up  as  if  by  fire;  to  illuminate. 
  [The  sun]  fires  the  proud  tops  of  the  eastern  pines. 
  7.  To  cause  to  explode;  as  to  fire  a  torpedo;  to  disharge; 
  as  to  fire  a  musket  or  cannon;  to  fire  cannon  balls, 
  rockets,  etc 
  8.  To  drive  by  fire.  [Obs.] 
  Till  my  bad  angel  fire  my  good  one  out  --Shak. 
  9.  (Far.)  To  cauterize. 
  {To  fire  up},  to  light  up  the  fires  of  as  of  an  engine. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Fire  \Fire\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  take  fire;  to  be  kindled;  to  kindle. 
  2.  To  be  irritated  or  inflamed  with  passion. 
  3.  To  discharge  artillery  or  firearms;  as  they  fired  on  the 
  {To  fire  up},  to  grow  irritated  or  angry.  ``He  .  .  .  fired 
  up  and  stood  vigorously  on  his  defense.''  --Macaulay. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Fire  \Fire\  (f[imac]r),  n.  [OE.  fir,  fyr,  fur  AS  f[=y]r;  akin 
  to  D.  vuur  OS  &  OHG.  fiur,  G.  feuer,  Icel.  f[=y]ri, 
  f[=u]rr,  Gr  py^r,  and  perh.  to  L.  purus  pure,  E.  pure  Cf 
  {Empyrean},  {Pyre}.] 
  1.  The  evolution  of  light  and  heat  in  the  combustion  of 
  bodies;  combustion;  state  of  ignition. 
  Note:  The  form  of  fire  exhibited  in  the  combustion  of  gases 
  in  an  ascending  stream  or  current  is  called  flame. 
  Anciently,  fire,  air,  earth,  and  water  were  regarded  as 
  the  four  elements  of  which  all  things  are  composed. 
  2.  Fuel  in  a  state  of  combustion,  as  on  a  hearth,  or  in  a 
  stove  or  a  furnace. 
  3.  The  burning  of  a  house  or  town;  a  conflagration. 
  4.  Anything  which  destroys  or  affects  like  fire. 
  5.  Ardor  of  passion,  whether  love  or  hate;  excessive  warmth; 
  consuming  violence  of  temper. 
  he  had  fire  in  his  temper.  --Atterbury. 
  6.  Liveliness  of  imagination  or  fancy;  intellectual  and  moral 
  enthusiasm;  capacity  for  ardor  and  zeal. 
  And  bless  their  critic  with  a  poet's  fire.  --Pope. 
  7.  Splendor;  brilliancy;  luster;  hence  a  star. 
  Stars,  hide  your  fires.  --Shak. 
  As  in  a  zodiac  representing  the  heavenly  fires. 
  8.  Torture  by  burning;  severe  trial  or  affliction. 
  9.  The  discharge  of  firearms;  firing;  as  the  troops  were 
  exposed  to  a  heavy  fire. 
  {Blue  fire},  {Red  fire},  {Green  fire}  (Pyrotech.), 
  compositions  of  various  combustible  substances,  as 
  sulphur,  niter,  lampblack,  etc.,  the  flames  of  which  are 
  colored  by  various  metallic  salts,  as  those  of  antimony, 
  strontium,  barium,  etc 
  {Fire  alarm} 
  a  A  signal  given  on  the  breaking  out  of  a  fire. 
  b  An  apparatus  for  giving  such  an  alarm. 
  {Fire  annihilator},  a  machine,  device,  or  preparation  to  be 
  kept  at  hand  for  extinguishing  fire  by  smothering  it  with 
  some  incombustible  vapor  or  gas,  as  carbonic  acid. 
  {Fire  balloon}. 
  a  A  balloon  raised  in  the  air  by  the  buoyancy  of  air 
  heated  by  a  fire  placed  in  the  lower  part 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Command  \Com*mand"\,  n. 
  1.  An  authoritative  order  requiring  obedience;  a  mandate;  an 
  Awaiting  what  command  their  mighty  chief  Had  to 
  impose.  --Milton. 
  2.  The  possession  or  exercise  of  authority. 
  Command  and  force  may  often  create,  but  can  never 
  cure,  an  aversion.  --Locke. 
  3.  Authority;  power  or  right  of  control;  leadership;  as  the 
  forces  under  his  command. 
  4.  Power  to  dominate,  command,  or  overlook  by  means  of 
  position;  scope  of  vision;  survey. 
  The  steepy  stand  Which  overlooks  the  vale  with  wide 
  command.  --Dryden. 
  5.  Control;  power  over  something  sway;  influence;  as  to 
  have  command  over  one's  temper  or  voice;  the  fort  has 
  command  of  the  bridge. 
  He  assumed  an  absolute  command  over  his  readers. 
  6.  A  body  of  troops,  or  any  naval  or  military  force  or  post 
  or  the  whole  territory  under  the  authority  or  control  of  a 
  particular  officer. 
  {Word  of  command}  (Mil.),  a  word  or  phrase  of  definite  and 
  established  meaning,  used  in  directing  the  movements  of 
  soldiers;  as  {aim};  {fire};  {shoulder  arms},  etc 
  Syn:  Control;  sway;  power;  authority;  rule  dominion; 
  sovereignty;  mandate;  order  injunction;  charge;  behest. 
  See  {Direction}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  event  of  something  burning  (often  destructive);  "they 
  lost  everything  in  the  fire" 
  2:  the  act  of  firing  weapons  or  artillery  at  an  enemy;  "hold 
  your  fire  until  you  can  see  the  whites  of  their  eyes"; 
  "they  retreated  in  the  face  of  withering  enemy  fire"  [syn: 
  3:  the  process  of  combustion  of  inflammable  materials  producing 
  heat  and  light  and  often  smoke;  "fire  was  one  of  our 
  ancestors'  first  discoveries"  [syn:  {flame},  {flaming}] 
  4:  a  fireplace  in  which  a  fire  is  burning;  "they  sat  by  the 
  fire  and  talked" 
  5:  (archaic)  once  thought  to  be  one  of  four  elements  composing 
  the  universe 
  6:  feelings  of  great  warmth  and  intensity;  "he  spoke  with  great 
  ardor"  [syn:  {ardor},  {ardour},  {fervor},  {fervour},  {fervency}, 
  7:  a  severe  trial;  "he  went  through  fire  and  damnation" 
  8:  intense  adverse  criticism;  "Clinton  directed  his  fire  at 
  Jesse  Helms"  [syn:  {attack},  {flak},  {blast}] 
  v  1:  start  firing  a  weapon  [syn:  {open  fire}] 
  2:  cause  to  go  off  "fire  a  gun";  "fire  a  bullet"  [syn:  {discharge}] 
  3:  Bake  in  a  kiln;  "fire  pottery" 
  4:  terminate  the  employment  of  "The  boss  fired  his  secretary 
  today"  [syn:  {give  notice},  {can},  {dismiss},  {give  the 
  axe},  {send  away},  {sack},  {force  out},  {terminate}]  [ant: 
  5:  go  off  or  discharge;  "The  gun  fired"  [syn:  {discharge},  {go 
  6:  drive  out  or  away  by  or  as  if  by  fire;  "The  soldiers  were 
  fired";  "Surrender  fires  the  cold  skepticism" 
  7:  call  forth;  of  emotions,  feelings,  and  responses;  "arouse 
  pity";  "raise  a  smile";  "evoke  sympathy"  [syn:  {arouse},  {elicit}, 
  {enkindle},  {kindle},  {evoke},  {raise},  {provoke}] 
  8:  destroy  by  fire;  "They  burned  the  house  and  his  diaries" 
  [syn:  {burn},  {burn  down}] 
  9:  provide  with  fuel;  "Oil  fires  the  furnace"  [syn:  {fuel}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (1.)  For  sacred  purposes.  The  sacrifices  were  consumed  by  fire 
  (Gen.  8:20).  The  ever-burning  fire  on  the  altar  was  first 
  kindled  from  heaven  (Lev.  6:9,  13;  9:24),  and  afterwards 
  rekindled  at  the  dedication  of  Solomon's  temple  (2  Chr.  7:1,  3). 
  The  expressions  "fire  from  heaven"  and  "fire  of  the  Lord" 
  generally  denote  lightning,  but  sometimes  also  the  fire  of  the 
  altar  was  so  called  (Ex.  29:18;  Lev.  1:9;  2:3;  3:5,  9). 
  Fire  for  a  sacred  purpose  obtained  otherwise  than  from  the 
  altar  was  called  "strange  fire"  (Lev.  10:1,  2;  Num.  3:4). 
  The  victims  slain  for  sin  offerings  were  afterwards  consumed 
  by  fire  outside  the  camp  (Lev.  4:12,  21;  6:30;  16:27;  Heb. 
  (2.)  For  domestic  purposes,  such  as  baking,  cooking,  warmth, 
  etc  (Jer.  36:22;  Mark  14:54;  John  18:18).  But  on  Sabbath  no 
  fire  for  any  domestic  purpose  was  to  be  kindled  (Ex.  35:3;  Num. 
  (3.)  Punishment  of  death  by  fire  was  inflicted  on  such  as  were 
  guilty  of  certain  forms  of  unchastity  and  incest  (Lev.  20:14; 
  21:9).  The  burning  of  captives  in  war  was  not  unknown  among  the 
  Jews  (2  Sam.  12:31;  Jer.  29:22).  The  bodies  of  infamous  persons 
  who  were  executed  were  also  sometimes  burned  (Josh.  7:25;  2 
  Kings  23:16). 
  (4.)  In  war,  fire  was  used  in  the  destruction  of  cities,  as 
  Jericho  (Josh.  6:24),  Ai  (8:19),  Hazor  (11:11),  Laish  (Judg. 
  18:27),  etc  The  war-chariots  of  the  Canaanites  were  burnt 
  (Josh.  11:6,  9,  13).  The  Israelites  burned  the  images  (2  Kings 
  10:26;  R.V.,  "pillars")  of  the  house  of  Baal.  These  objects  of 
  worship  seem  to  have  been  of  the  nature  of  obelisks,  and  were 
  sometimes  evidently  made  of  wood. 
  Torches  were  sometimes  carried  by  the  soldiers  in  battle 
  (Judg.  7:16). 
  (5.)  Figuratively,  fire  is  a  symbol  of  Jehovah's  presence  and 
  the  instrument  of  his  power  (Ex.  14:19;  Num.  11:1,  3;  Judg. 
  13:20;  1  Kings  18:38;  2  Kings  1:10,  12;  2:11;  Isa.  6:4;  Ezek. 
  1:4;  Rev.  1:14,  etc.). 
  God's  word  is  also  likened  unto  fire  (Jer.  23:29).  It  is 
  referred  to  as  an  emblem  of  severe  trials  or  misfortunes  (Zech. 
  12:6;  Luke  12:49;  1  Cor.  3:13,  15;  1  Pet.  1:7),  and  of  eternal 
  punishment  (Matt.  5:22;  Mark  9:44;  Rev.  14:10;  21:8). 
  The  influence  of  the  Holy  Ghost  is  likened  unto  fire  (Matt. 
  3:11).  His  descent  was  denoted  by  the  appearance  of  tongues  as 
  of  fire  (Acts  2:3). 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
  Flexible  Intelligent  Routing  Engine  (3Com) 

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