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General words for fire - synonyms or related words

fire

noun

flames and heat from something that is burning in an uncontrolled way

blaze

noun

a small fire that burns strongly and brightly

wildfire

noun

a fire that starts in an area of countryside and spreads very quickly

conflagration

noun

formal

a very large fire that causes a lot of damage

spontaneous combustion

noun

a situation in which something suddenly starts to burn as a result of natural heat produced inside it, not from a flame that comes from outside

inferno

noun

mainly journalism

a large fire in a building or other place

blaze

noun

mainly journalism

a large fire that causes a lot of damage, especially when a building is burning

ignition

noun

formal

the process of making something start to burn

combustion

noun

the process of burning

flame

noun

the brightly burning gas that you see coming from a fire

bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

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