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Definition: red fire
n : combustible material (usually salts of lithium or strontium)
that burns bright red; used in flares and fireworks
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Definition: Red fire
, a. [Compar. Redder
(-d?r); superl. Reddest
red, reed, AS. re['a]d, re['o]d; akin to OS. r[=o]d, OFries.
r[=a]d, D. rood, G. roht, rot, OHG. r[=o]t, Dan. & Sw.
r["o]d, Icel. rau[eth]r, rj[=o][eth]r, Goth. r['a]uds, W.
rhudd, Armor. ruz, Ir. & Gael. ruadh, L. ruber, rufus, Gr.
'eryqro`s, Skr. rudhira, rohita; cf. L. rutilus. [root]113.
Of the color of blood, or of a tint resembling that color; of
the hue of that part of the rainbow, or of the solar
spectrum, which is furthest from the violet part. “Fresh
flowers, white and reede.”
Your color, I warrant you, is as red as any rose.
Note: Red is a general term, including many different shades
or hues, as scarlet, crimson, vermilion, orange red,
and the like.
Note: Red is often used in the formation of self-explaining
compounds; as, red-breasted, red-cheeked, red-faced,
red-haired, red-headed, red-skinned, red-tailed,
red-topped, red-whiskered, red-coasted.
(Zo["o]l.), a beautiful butterfly (Vanessa Atalanta
) common in both Europe and America. The front
wings are crossed by a broad orange red band. The larva
feeds on nettles. Called also Atalanta butterfly
(a) A very small ant (Myrmica molesta
) which often infests
(b) A larger reddish ant (Formica sanguinea
), native of
Europe and America. It is one of the slave-making
(Min.), kermesite. See Kermes mineral
(b), under Kermes
(Bot.), an American tree (Fraxinus pubescens
smaller than the white ash, and less valuable for timber.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Redfish
(Bot.), a tree (Persea Caroliniensis
) having the
heartwood red, found in swamps in the Southern United
(Zo["o]l.), a bright red sponge (Microciona prolifera
), common on oyster shells and stones. [Local,
(Bot.), a species of birch (Betula nigra
having reddish brown bark, and compact, light-colored
. (Med.) See Daltonism
, a book containing the names of all the persons in
the service of the state. [Eng.]
Red book of the Exchequer
, an ancient record in which are
registered the names of all that held lands per baroniam
in the time of Henry II. --Brande & C.
, an alloy containing eight parts of copper and
three of zinc.
(a) A very small mite which in Florida attacks man, and
produces great irritation by its bites.
(b) A red hemipterous insect of the genus Pyrrhocoris
especially the European species (Pyrrhocoris apterus
which is bright scarlet and lives in clusters on tree
(c) See Cotton stainder
, under Cotton
. (Bot.) An evergreen North American tree
) having a fragrant red-colored
(b) A tree of India and Australia (Cedrela Toona
fragrant reddish wood; -- called also toon tree
. See under Chalk
(Min.), red oxide of copper; cuprite.
(Zo["o]l.), the precious coral (Corallium rubrum
). See Illusts. of Coral
. The cross of St. George, the national emblem of
(b) The Geneva cross. See Geneva convention
, and Geneva cross
, under Geneva
. (Bot.) See Currant
(a) The common stag (Cervus elaphus
), native of the forests
of the temperate parts of Europe and Asia. It is very
similar to the American elk, or wapiti.
(b) The Virginia deer. See Deer
(Zo["o]l.), a European reddish brown duck
); -- called also ferruginous duck
. (Bot.) See Grenadillo
(Zo["o]l.), a butterfly. See Tortoise shell
(Bot.), a coniferous tree (Pseudotsuga Douglasii
found from British Columbia to Texas, and highly valued
for its durable timber. The name is sometimes given to
other coniferous trees, as the Norway spruce and the
American Abies magnifica
and Abies nobilis
. (Pyrotech.) See Blue fire
, under Fire
. See under Flag
(Zo["o]l.), the common American fox (Vulpes fulvus
), which is usually reddish in color.
(Zo["o]l.), the Scotch grouse, or ptarmigan. See
, or Red gum-tree
(Bot.), a name given to eight
Australian species of Eucalyptus
, etc.) which yield a reddish gum
resin. See Eucalyptus
(Her.), a left hand appaum['e], fingers erect,
borne on an escutcheon, being the mark of a baronet of the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; -- called
also Badge of Ulster
, the common herring dried and smoked.
(a) Any large American red fresh-water sucker, especially
and allied species.
(b) See the Note under Drumfish
(Chem) See under Lead
, and Minium
. (Min.) Same as Crocoite
(Dyeing), a solution consisting essentially of
aluminium acetate, used as a mordant in the fixation of
dyestuffs on vegetable fiber; -- so called because used
originally for red dyestuffs. Called also red mordant
(Zo["o]l.), the larva of the wheat midge.
. (Min.) Same as Rhodochrosite
, one of the American Indians; -- so called from his
(Bot.), a species of maple (Acer rubrum
. (Zo["o]l.) See Red spider
(Bot.), an American mulberry of a dark purple
color (Morus rubra
(Zo["o]l.), the surmullet. See Mullet
(Min.), a soft earthy variety of hematite, of a
(Zo["o]l.), the rosefish.
. (Chem.) See under Phosphorus
(Bot.), an American species of pine (Pinus resinosa
); -- so named from its reddish bark.
. See under Precipitate
(European Politics), originally, one who
maintained extreme republican doctrines in France, --
because a red liberty cap was the badge of the party; an
extreme radical in social reform. [Cant]
, the ribbon of the Order of the Bath in England.
. (Bot.) See Sanders
. (Geol.) See under Sandstone
(Zo["o]l.), a scale insect (Aspidiotus aurantii
) very injurious to the orange tree in California
(Min.), an ore of silver, of a ruby-red or
reddish black color. It includes proustite
, or light red
silver, and pyrargyrite
, or dark red silver.
(Zo["o]l.), a large fish (Lutjanus aya
) abundant in the Gulf of Mexico and
about the Florida reefs.
, snow colored by a mocroscopic unicellular alga
) which produces large patches of
scarlet on the snows of arctic or mountainous regions.
(Med.) a form of cerebral softening in which
the affected parts are red, -- a condition due either to
infarction or inflammation.
(Zo["o]l.), a very small web-spinning mite
) which infests, and often
destroys, plants of various kinds, especially those
cultivated in houses and conservatories. It feeds mostly
on the under side of the leaves, and causes them to turn
yellow and die. The adult insects are usually pale red.
Called also red mite
(Zo["o]l.), the chickaree.
(a) the tape used in public offices for tying up documents,
(b) official formality and delay; excessive bureaucratic
(Zo["o]l.), any species of noctuid moths
belonging to Catacola
and allied genera. The numerous
species are mostly large and handsomely colored. The under
wings are commonly banded with bright red or orange.
, a disease in cattle, so called from an
appearance like blood in the urine.
(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.