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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.
like wildfire
Rapidly and intensely: The disease spread like wildfire.


1. (Elements & Compounds) a highly flammable material, such as Greek fire, formerly used in warfare
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



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.
like wildfire, very rapidly and with unchecked force.
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Noun1.wildfire - a raging and rapidly spreading conflagrationwildfire - a raging and rapidly spreading conflagration
conflagration, inferno - a very intense and uncontrolled fire
حَريق هائِل مُدَمِّر


[ˈwaɪldˌfaɪəʳ] N to spread like wildfirecorrer como un reguero de pólvora


[ˈwaɪldfaɪər] n
to spread like wildfire → se répandre comme une traînée de poudrewild flowers nplfleurs fpl sauvages


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


(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 ?
Almost before the company had crossed the moat the news spread through the town like wildfire.
They implored him not to uncork the bottle, since they and all their people were firm friends of the white men, and would always remain so; but, should the small-pox be once let out, it would run like wildfire throughout the country, sweeping off the good as well as the bad; and surely he would not be so unjust as to punish his friends for crimes committed by his enemies.
There Dick's old nurse shrunk up to him, for the news went like wildfire over Naseby House, and timidly expressed a hope that there was nothing much amiss with the young master.