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Definition: Greek fire
n : a mixture used by Byzantine Greeks that was often shot at
adversaries; catches fire when wetted
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Definition: Greek fire
, a. [AS. grec, L. Graecus, Gr. ?: cf. F. grec. Cf.
Of or pertaining to Greece or the Greeks; Grecian.
. See under Greek calends
in the vocabulary.
(Eccl. Hist.), the Eastern Church; that part
of Christendom which separated from the Roman or Western
Church in the ninth century. It comprises the great bulk
of the Christian population of Russia (of which this is
the established church), Greece, Moldavia, and Wallachia.
The Greek Church is governed by patriarchs and is called
also the Byzantine Church
. See Illust. (10) Of Cross
. See Byzantine Empire
, a combustible composition which burns under
water, the constituents of which are supposed to be
asphalt, with niter and sulphur. --Ure.
, the flower campion.
(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.
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. --Milton.
8. Torture by burning; severe trial or affliction.
9. The discharge of firearms; firing; as, the troops were
exposed to a heavy fire.
, Red fire
, Green fire
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.
(a) A signal given on the breaking out of a fire.
(b) An apparatus for giving such an alarm.
, 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.
(a) A balloon raised in the air by the buoyancy of air
heated by a fire placed in the lower part.
(b) A balloon sent up at night with fireworks which ignite
at a regulated height. --Simmonds.
, a grate bar.
, a portable grate; a cresset. --Knight.
. (Zo["o]l.) See in the Vocabulary.
, a disease of plants which causes them to appear
as if burnt by fire.
, the chamber of a furnace, steam boiler, etc., for
, a refractory brick, capable of sustaining
intense heat without fusion, usually made of fire clay or
of siliceous material, with some cementing substance, and
used for lining fire boxes, etc.
, an organized body of men for extinguished
. See under Bucket
, an incendiary; one who, from malice or through
mania, persistently sets fire to property; a pyromaniac.
. See under Clay
, a company of men managing an engine in
. See Fiery cross
. [Obs.] --Milton.
. See under Damp
. See Firedog
, in the Vocabulary.
(a) A series of evolutions performed by fireman for
(b) An apparatus for producing fire by friction, by
rapidly twirling a wooden pin in a wooden socket; --
used by the Hindoos during all historic time, and by
many savage peoples.
(a) A juggler who pretends to eat fire.
(b) A quarrelsome person who seeks affrays; a hotspur.
, a portable forcing pump, usually on wheels,
for throwing water to extinguish fire.
, a contrivance for facilitating escape from
(Fine Arts), a mode of gilding with an amalgam
of gold and quicksilver, the latter metal being driven off
afterward by heat.
(Fine Arts), gold laid on by the process of fire
, the act or system of insuring against fire;
also, a contract by which an insurance company undertakes,
in consideration of the payment of a premium or small
percentage -- usually made periodically -- to indemnify an
owner of property from loss by fire during a specified
, utensils for a fireplace or grate, as tongs,
poker, and shovel.
, a pipe for water, to be used in putting out
(Mil), an artillery officer who formerly supervised the
composition of fireworks.
, an office at which to effect insurance against
, a variety of opal giving firelike reflections.
, an ancient mode of trial, in which the test
was the ability of the accused to handle or tread upon
red-hot irons. --Abbot.
, a pan for holding or conveying fire, especially
the receptacle for the priming of a gun.
, a plug or hydrant for drawing water from the
main pipes in a street, building, etc., for extinguishing
, the writing or instrument expressing the
contract of insurance against loss by fire.
(a) (Mil.) A small earthen pot filled with combustibles,
formerly used as a missile in war.
(b) The cast iron vessel which holds the fuel or fire in a
(c) A crucible.
(d) A solderer's furnace.
, a raft laden with combustibles, used for setting
fire to an enemy's ships.
, a peculiar beat of the drum to summon men to
their quarters in case of fire.
(Mining), the process of softening or cracking
the working face of a lode, to facilitate excavation, by
exposing it to the action of fire; -- now generally
superseded by the use of explosives. --Raymond.
, a vessel filled with combustibles, for setting
fire to an enemy's ships.
, a shovel for taking up coals of fire.
, the stench from decomposing iron pyrites,
caused by the formation of hydrogen sulfide. --Raymond.
, the surfaces of a steam boiler which are
exposed to the direct heat of the fuel and the products of
combustion; heating surface.
, a swab saturated with water, for cooling a gun
in action and clearing away particles of powder, etc.
, in England, the fireman of a steam emgine.
, a strong alcoholic beverage; -- so called by
the American Indians.
, the worship of fire, which prevails chiefly
in Persia, among the followers of Zoroaster, called
Chebers, or Guebers, and among the Parsees of India.
. See under Greek
, burning; hence, ardent; passionate; eager;
, the rapid discharge of firearms in succession
by a line of troops.
St. Anthony's fire
, erysipelas; -- an eruptive fever which
St. Anthony was supposed to cure miraculously. --Hoblyn.
St. Elmo's fire
. See under Saint Elmo
To set on fire
, to inflame; to kindle.
To take fire
, to begin to burn; to fly into a passion.