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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.
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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
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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wildfire - a raging and rapidly spreading conflagrationwildfire - a raging and rapidly spreading conflagration
conflagration, inferno - a very intense and uncontrolled fire
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Translations
حَريق هائِل مُدَمِّر

wildfire

[ˈwaɪldˌfaɪəʳ] N to spread like wildfirecorrer como un reguero de pólvora
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

wildfire

[ˈwaɪldfaɪər] n
to spread like wildfire → se répandre comme une traînée de poudrewild flowers nplfleurs fpl sauvages
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

wildfire

[ˈwaɪldˌfaɪəʳ] n to spread like wildfirediffondersi a macchia d'olio
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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
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The virus eventually makes its way to the fictitious multinational company, where it spreads like wildfire, sending confidential corporate files to outside contacts stored in employee address books.
"It spreads like wildfire," says Sandy Hays at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York.