From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishflameflame1 /fleɪm/ ●●○ noun 🔊 🔊 1FIRE[countable, uncountable]hotbrightburninggas that you see when something is on fire 🔊 Flames poured out of the windows of the building. 🔊 They rushed past us with buckets of water and tried to douse the flames. 🔊 They sat around the campfire, watching the flickering flames. 🔊 Flames quickly engulfed the building. 🔊 a candle flame2 →in flames3 →go up in flames/burst into flames4 →a flame of anger/desire/passion etc5[countable] an angry or rudeemail → old flameat old(4), → naked flameat naked(5), → fan the flamesat fan2(2), → add fuel to the fire/flamesat add(9)COLLOCATIONSverbsput out/extinguish the flames (=make them stop burning)The firemen successfully put out the flames.douse the flames (=pour water on them to make them stop)We used a bucket of water to douse the flames.smother the flames (=put something over them to make them stop burning)Barry smothered the flames with a blanket.fan the flames (=make them burn more by waving something in front of them)She used a large piece of card to fan the flames.a flame burnsThe flames were burning brightly.a flame dies down (=burns less strongly)By evening, the flames had gradually died down.a flame goes out (=stops burning)Try not to let the flame go out.flames flicker (also flames dance literary) (=they move)He watched the flames flickering in the fireplace.flames engulf something (=they completely surround and burn something)Flames quickly engulfed the building.flames leap (=they go high into the air)Flames were leaping up the chimney.flames lick something literary (=they touch something lightly)Flames licked the darkening sky.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + flamea naked/an open flame (=not enclosed with a cover)Never use a naked flame near spray paint.a candle flameHe lit the fire with the candle flame.a gas flameThe glass is heated over a gas flame.
flame• Seeing the mockery in Johnny's eyes, Claire's cheeksflamed.• She stared back at him, her cheeks flaming.• Those who ignore the aboveadvice are likely to be flamed.• My riflesflamed and roared in the Federals' faces....• This marblefigure seems to flame and spiral up, surging, groaning like an earthquake, subsiding even as he rises.• My earsflamed, my small darkhostile eyes were awash.• Flaming your boss really isn't a good idea, however angry you are.FlameFlame 🔊 🔊 a US Christianhiphopsinger who was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His albums include Flame (2004), Rewind (2005), Captured (2010). His realname is Marcus Tyrone Gray.From Longman Business Dictionaryflameflame1 /fleɪm/ verb [intransitive] informalCOMPUTINGto send someone an angry or rude message in an email or on a bulletin board (=place in a computerinformation system where you can read or leave messages)→ See Verb tableflameflame2 (also flame mail) noun [countable] informalCOMPUTINGan angry or rude message sent by emailOur website gets a lot of flame mails, but they’re usually so childish that we just laugh at most of them.