—n. 1. burning gas or vapor, as from wood or coal, that is undergoing combustion; a portion of ignited gas or vapor.
2. Often, flames. the state or condition of blazing combustion: to burst into flames. 3. any flamelike condition; glow; inflamed condition.
4. brilliant light; scintillating luster.
5. bright coloring; a streak or patch of color.
6. See flame color. 7. intense ardor, zeal, or passion.
8. Informal.an object of one's passionate love; sweetheart: He's taking out his new flame tonight. 9. Computer Slang.an act or instance of angry criticism or disparagement, esp. on a computer network.
—v.i. 1. to burn with a flame or flames; burst into flames; blaze.
2. to glow like flame; shine brilliantly; flash.
3. to burn or burst forth with strong emotion; break into open anger, indignation, etc.
4. Computer Slang.to enter on an electronic bulletin board text expressing opinions, gossip, etc., often in a ranting and unrestrained manner.
—v.t. 1. to subject to the action of flame or fire.
2. to flambé.
3. Computer Slang.to insult or criticize angrily, esp. on a computer network.
4. flame out, a. (of a jet engine) to cease to function due to an interruption of the fuel supply or to faulty combustion.
b. to burst out in or as if in flames.