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English Dictionary: Flame by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
flame
n
  1. the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke; "fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"
    Synonym(s): fire, flame, flaming
v
  1. shine with a sudden light; "The night sky flared with the massive bombardment"
    Synonym(s): flare, flame
  2. be in flames or aflame; "The sky seemed to flame in the Hawaiian sunset"
  3. criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium; "the person who posted an inflammatory message got flamed"
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\ (fl[amac]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.
            [bd]In a flame of zeal severe.[b8] --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. t.
      To kindle; to inflame; to excite.
  
               And flamed with zeal of vengeance inwardly. --Spenser.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 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 (15Feb98) [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 toward 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 "<flame
      on>...<flame off>".
  
      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)
  
  
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