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flame


  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flame  \Flame\  (fl[=a]m),  n.  [OE.  flame,  flaume,  flaumbe,  OF 
  flame,  flambe,  F.  flamme,  fr  L.  flamma  fr  flamma  fr 
  flagrare  to  burn.  See  {Flagrant},  and  cf  {Flamneau}, 
  {Flamingo}.] 
  1.  A  stream  of  burning  vapor  or  gas,  emitting  light  and  heat; 
  darting  or  streaming  fire;  a  blaze;  a  fire. 
 
  2.  Burning  zeal  or  passion;  elevated  and  noble  enthusiasm; 
  glowing  imagination;  passionate  excitement  or  anger.  ``In 
  a  flame  of  zeal  severe.''  --Milton. 
 
  Where  flames  refin'd  in  breasts  seraphic  glow. 
  --Pope. 
 
  Smit  with  the  love  of  sister  arts  we  came  And  met 
  congenial,  mingling  flame  with  flame.  --Pope. 
 
  3.  Ardor  of  affection;  the  passion  of  love.  --Coleridge. 
 
  4.  A  person  beloved;  a  sweetheart.  --Thackeray. 
 
  Syn:  Blaze;  brightness;  ardor.  See  {Blaze}. 
 
  {Flame  bridge},  a  bridge  wall.  See  {Bridge},  n.,  5. 
 
  {Flame  color},  brilliant  orange  or  yellow.  --B.  Jonson 
 
  {Flame  engine},  an  early  name  for  the  gas  engine. 
 
  {Flame  manometer},  an  instrument,  invented  by  Koenig  to 
  obtain  graphic  representation  of  the  action  of  the  human 
  vocal  organs.  See  {Manometer}. 
 
  {Flame  reaction}  (Chem.),  a  method  of  testing  for  the 
  presence  of  certain  elements  by  the  characteristic  color 
  imparted  to  a  flame;  as  sodium  colors  a  flame  yellow, 
  potassium  violet,  lithium  crimson,  boracic  acid  green, 
  etc  Cf  {Spectrum  analysis},  under  {Spectrum}. 
 
  {Flame  tree}  (Bot.),  a  tree  with  showy  scarlet  flowers,  as 
  the  {Rhododendron  arboreum}  in  India,  and  the 
  {Brachychiton  acerifolium}  of  Australia. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flame  \Flame\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Flamed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Flaming}.]  [OE.  flamen,  flaumben  F.  flamber,  OF  also 
  flamer.  See  {Flame},  n.] 
  1.  To  burn  with  a  flame  or  blaze;  to  burn  as  gas  emitted  from 
  bodies  in  combustion;  to  blaze. 
 
  The  main  blaze  of  it  is  past,  but  a  small  thing 
  would  make  it  flame  again  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  burst  forth  like  flame;  to  break  out  in  violence  of 
  passion;  to  be  kindled  with  zeal  or  ardor. 
 
  He  flamed  with  indignation.  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flame  \Flame\,  v.  t. 
  To  kindle;  to  inflame;  to  excite. 
 
  And  flamed  with  zeal  of  vengeance  inwardly.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flame 
  n  :  the  process  of  combustion  of  inflammable  materials  producing 
  heat  and  light  and  often  smoke;  "fire  was  one  of  our 
  ancestors'  first  discoveries"  [syn:  {fire},  {flaming}] 
  v  1:  shine  with  a  sudden  light  [syn:  {flare}] 
  2:  be  in  flames  or  aflame 
  3:  criticize  harshly,  on  the  e-mail 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  flame  [at  MIT,  orig.  from  the  phrase  `flaming  asshole']  1.  vi 
  To  post  an  email  message  intended  to  insult  and  provoke.  2.  vi  To 
  speak  incessantly  and/or  rabidly  on  some  relatively  uninteresting 
  subject  or  with  a  patently  ridiculous  attitude.  3.  vt  Either  of 
  senses  1  or  2,  directed  with  hostility  at  a  particular  person  or  people. 
  4.  n.  An  instance  of  flaming.  When  a  discussion  degenerates  into  useless 
  controversy,  one  might  tell  the  participants  "Now  you're  just  flaming"  or 
  "Stop  all  that  flamage!"  to  try  to  get  them  to  cool  down  (so  to  speak). 
 
  The  term  may  have  been  independently  invented  at  several  different 
  places.  It  has  been  reported  from  MIT,  Carleton  College  and  RPI  (among 
  many  other  places)  from  as  far  back  as  1969,  and  from  the  University  of 
  Virginia  in  the  early  1960s. 
 
  It  is  possible  that  the  hackish  sense  of  `flame'  is  much  older  than 
  that  The  poet  Chaucer  was  also  what  passed  for  a  wizard  hacker  in 
  his  time;  he  wrote  a  treatise  on  the  astrolabe,  the  most  advanced 
  computing  device  of  the  day  In  Chaucer's  "Troilus  and  Cressida", 
  Cressida  laments  her  inability  to  grasp  the  proof  of  a  particular 
  mathematical  theorem;  her  uncle  Pandarus  then  observes  that  it's  called 
  "the  fleminge  of  wrecches."  This  phrase  seems  to  have  been  intended 
  in  context  as  "that  which  puts  the  wretches  to  flight"  but  was  probably 
  just  as  ambiguous  in  Middle  English  as  "the  flaming  of  wretches"  would 
  be  today.  One  suspects  that  Chaucer  would  feel  right  at  home  on  Usenet. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  flame 
 
    To  rant,  to  speak  or  write  incessantly  and/or 
  rabidly  on  some  relatively  uninteresting  subject  or  with  a 
  patently  ridiculous  attitude  or  with  hostility  towards  a 
  particular  person  or  group  of  people.  Flame"  is  used  as  a 
  verb  ("Don't  flame  me  for  this  but..."),  a  flame  is  a  single 
  flaming  message,  and  flamage"  /flay'm*j/  the  content. 
 
  Flamage  may  occur  in  any  medium  (e.g.  spoken,  {electronic 
  mail},  {Usenet}  news  {World-Wide  Web}).  Sometimes  a  flame 
  will  be  delimited  in  text  by  marks  such  as  "...". 
 
  The  term  was  probably  independently  invented  at  several 
  different  places. 
 
  Mark  L.  Levinson  says,  "When  I  joined  the  Harvard  student 
  radio  station  (WHRB)  in  1966,  the  terms  flame  and  flamer  were 
  already  well  established  there  to  refer  to  impolite  ranting 
  and  to  those  who  performed  it  Communication  among  the 
  students  who  worked  at  the  station  was  by  means  of  what  today 
  you  might  call  a  paper-based  Usenet  group  Everyone  wrote 
  comments  to  one  another  in  a  large  ledger.  Documentary 
  evidence  for  the  early  use  of  flame/flamer  is  probably  still 
  there  for  anyone  fanatical  enough  to  research  it." 
 
  It  is  reported  that  flaming"  was  in  use  to  mean  something 
  like  "interminably  drawn-out  semi-serious  discussions" 
  (late-night  bull  sessions)  at  Carleton  College  during 
  1968-1971. 
 
  {Usenetter}  Marc  Ramsey,  who  was  at  {WPI}  from  1972  to  1976, 
  says:  "I  am  99%  certain  that  the  use  of  flame"  originated  at 
  WPI.  Those  who  made  a  nuisance  of  themselves  insisting  that 
  they  needed  to  use  a  {TTY}  for  "real  work"  came  to  be  known  as 
  "flaming  asshole  lusers".  Other  particularly  annoying  people 
  became  "flaming  asshole  ravers",  which  shortened  to  "flaming 
  ravers",  and  ultimately  "flamers".  I  remember  someone  picking 
  up  on  the  Human  Torch  pun,  but  I  don't  think  "flame  on/off" 
  was  ever  much  used  at  WPI."  See  also  {asbestos}. 
 
  It  is  possible  that  the  hackish  sense  of  flame"  is  much  older 
  than  that  The  poet  Chaucer  was  also  what  passed  for  a  wizard 
  hacker  in  his  time;  he  wrote  a  treatise  on  the  astrolabe,  the 
  most  advanced  computing  device  of  the  day  In  Chaucer's 
  "Troilus  and  Cressida",  Cressida  laments  her  inability  to 
  grasp  the  proof  of  a  particular  mathematical  theorem;  her 
  uncle  Pandarus  then  observes  that  it's  called  "the  fleminge  of 
  wrecches."  This  phrase  seems  to  have  been  intended  in  context 
  as  "that  which  puts  the  wretches  to  flight"  but  was  probably 
  just  as  ambiguous  in  Middle  English  as  "the  flaming  of 
  wretches"  would  be  today.  One  suspects  that  Chaucer  would 
  feel  right  at  home  on  {Usenet}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (2001-03-11) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  FLAME 
  FLexible  API  for  Module-based  Environments  (RL,  API) 
 
 




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