afire


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a·fire

 (ə-fīr′)
adv. & adj.
1. On fire.
2. Intensely interested.

afire

(əˈfaɪə)
adv, adj (postpositive)
1. on fire; ablaze
2. intensely interested or passionate: he was afire with enthusiasm for the new plan.

a•fire

(əˈfaɪər)

adj.
1. on fire.
[1175–1225]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.afire - lighted up by or as by fire or flame; "forests set ablaze (or afire) by lightning"; "even the car's tires were aflame"; "a night aflare with fireworks"; "candles alight on the tables"; "houses on fire"
lighted, lit - set afire or burning; "the lighted candles"; "a lighted cigarette"; "a lit firecracker"

afire

adjective passionate, excited, stimulated, aroused, fervent, impassioned, aglow All his senses were afire.
set afire set alight, lighted, lit, ignited, set on fire, set ablaze, set burning, set aflame, set blazing The houses were set afire, but there were only minor injuries.

afire

adjective
On fire:
Idioms: in a blaze, in flames.
Translations
in brand

afire

[əˈfaɪəʳ] ADJ (liter) to be afirearder, estar en llamas
to be afire to helpanhelar ardientemente ayudar

afire

[əˈfaɪər]
adj
(literary) (= alight) → en feu
(= excited) [person, senses] → embrasé(e)
to be afire with desire → brûler de désir
to be afire with passion → être enflammé(e) par la passion
to be afire with excitement → être surexcité(e)
adv (literary) (= alight) → en feu
to set sth afire → mettre le feu à qch

afire

adj pred, advin Brand; to set something afireetw in Brand stecken, etw anzünden; (fig)etw entzünden; afire with enthusiasmhellauf begeistert; this set his imagination afiredas entzündete seine Fantasie
References in classic literature ?
Jo turned hot at the bare idea, and stuffed the whole bundle into her stove, nearly setting the chimney afire with the blaze.
He was still silent but began at once to erect a heap of dry sticks which he presently set afire.
Besides, supposing we are loaded with powder barrels aft and lucifers forward; how the devil could the lucifers get afire in this drenching spray here?
WHEN I told the king I was going out disguised as a petty freeman to scour the country and familiarize myself with the humbler life of the people, he was all afire with the novelty of the thing in a minute, and was bound to take a chance in the adven- ture himself -- nothing should stop him -- he would drop everything and go along -- it was the prettiest idea he had run across for many a day.
JUMP AND RUN, THE BOAT'S AFIRE AND THERE AIN'T A MINUTE TO LOSE
He was just a-blazing; and whenever he got afire he was most likely to get afire all over.
The Lord above knows what the compromising consequences would be to numbers of people, if some of our documents were seized or destroyed; and they might be, at any time, you know, for who can say that Paris is not set afire to-day, or sacked to-morrow
She is a girl of the most wonderful beauty, and Dingaan is afire with longing to have her to wife.
His voice sounded louder and higher, as if he were afire with eagerness and rage.
The small grey eyes blinked, the lips moved, with greed; greed was the ruling passion; and though there was some good nature, some genuine kindliness, a true human touch, in the old toper, his greed was now so set afire by hope, that all other traits of character lay dormant.
Away across the road the woods beyond Ham and Peter- sham were still afire.
Wait," said Bazin, striking a flint, and setting afire a twisted wax-light, with which he started the church candles.