Within minutes the house had become a raging inferno.
2literarywhen someone has very strong feelings that are difficult to control:
She was desperately trying to calm the inferno raging within her.
WORD FOCUS: fire WORD FOCUS: fire a big fire that causes a lot of damage:blaze, inferno, conflagrationliterary someone whose job is to put out fires:firefighter, fireman, the fire departmentAmerican English, the fire brigadeBritish Englishfire ➔ See alsofire
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.