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wild·fire

 (wīld′fīr′)
n.
1. A raging, rapidly spreading fire.
2. Something that acts very quickly and intensely: a land swept by the wildfire of revolution.
3. Lightning occurring without audible thunder.
4. A luminosity that appears over swamps or marshes at night; ignis fatuus.
5. A highly flammable material, such as Greek fire, once used in warfare.
Idiom:
like wildfire
Rapidly and intensely: The disease spread like wildfire.

wildfire

(ˈwaɪldˌfaɪə)
n
1. (Elements & Compounds) a highly flammable material, such as Greek fire, formerly used in warfare
2.
a. a raging and uncontrollable fire
b. anything that is disseminated quickly (esp in the phrase spread like wildfire)
3. (Physical Geography) lightning without audible thunder
4. (Physical Geography) another name for will-o'-the-wisp

wild•fire

(ˈwaɪldˌfaɪər)

n.
1. a highly flammable composition, as Greek fire, difficult to extinguish when ignited, formerly used in warfare.
2. any large fire that spreads rapidly and is hard to extinguish.
Idioms:
like wildfire, very rapidly and with unchecked force.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wildfire - a raging and rapidly spreading conflagrationwildfire - a raging and rapidly spreading conflagration
conflagration, inferno - a very intense and uncontrolled fire
Translations
حَريق هائِل مُدَمِّر

wildfire

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wildfire

[ˈwaɪldfaɪər] n
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wildfire

[ˈwaɪldˌfaɪəʳ] n to spread like wildfirediffondersi a macchia d'olio

wild

(waild) adjective
1. (of animals) not tamed. wolves and other wild animals.
2. (of land) not cultivated.
3. uncivilized or lawless; savage. wild tribes.
4. very stormy; violent. a wild night at sea; a wild rage.
5. mad, crazy, insane etc. wild with hunger; wild with anxiety.
6. rash. a wild hope.
7. not accurate or reliable. a wild guess.
8. very angry.
ˈwildly adverb
ˈwildness noun
ˈwildfire: spread like wildfire
(of eg news) to spread extremely fast.
ˈwildfowl noun plural
wild birds, especially water birds such as ducks, geese etc.
ˌwild-ˈgoose chase
an attempt to catch or find something one cannot possibly obtain.
ˈwildlife noun
wild animals, birds, insects etc collectively. to protect wildlife.
in the wild
(of an animal) in its natural surroundings. Young animals have to learn to look after themselves in the wild.
the wilds
the uncultivated areas (of a country etc). They're living out in the wilds of Australia somewhere.
the Wild Westwest
References in classic literature ?
Half-way up the opposite slope a brush fire was burning clearly and steadily in a maple grove.
Dozens of children were among more than 300 people evacuated from campgrounds early Saturday morning as firefighters battled brush fires burning in Southern California's drought-parched foothills, fire officials said.
He said brush fires actually concern him more than house fires.
SIZZLING temperatures in Greece, Italy and Romania brought power cuts and brush fires in a heatwave that has led to at least 31 deaths in south-east Europe in recent days.
Large commercial claims and more reported home losses boosted the estimated claims for a series of brush fires in southeast Australia to A$70 million (about US$36.
Fire departments from across the region have been scrambling to put out brush fires the past few days, and based on fire statistics, it isn't a surprise these fires are sparking up this month.
NORTHBRIDGE - Responding to reports of a brush fire on Fowler Road ignited by a car fire, police officers yesterday evening arrested a 61-year-old man who was allegedly driving drunk and set off three small brush fires with sparks from his vehicle's bare rim.