take fire


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.take fire - start to burn or burst into flames; "Marsh gases ignited suddenly"; "The oily rags combusted spontaneously"
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
blow out - erupt in an uncontrolled manner; "The oil well blew out"
catch - start burning; "The fire caught"
light up - start to burn with a bright flame; "The coal in the BBQ grill finally lit up"
combust, burn - cause to burn or combust; "The sun burned off the fog"; "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
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We shall run no danger of an explosion; and it is necessary that our powder should take fire instantaneously in order that its mechanical effect may be complete.
Such impression did this make upon me, that after the storm was over I laid aside all my works, my building and fortifying, and applied myself to make bags and boxes, to separate the powder, and to keep it a little and a little in a parcel, in the hope that, whatever might come, it might not all take fire at once; and to keep it so apart that it should not be possible to make one part fire another.
Now, this cabaret of the Image-de-Notre-Dame was not a very newly-built house, and therefore did not require much entreating to take fire.