The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Green \Green\ (gr[=e]n), a. [Compar. Greener (gr[=e]n"[~e]r);
superl. Greenest.] [OE. grene, AS. gr[=e]ne; akin to D.
groen, OS. gr[=o]ni, OHG. gruoni, G. gr["u]n, Dan. & Sw.
gr["o]n, Icel. gr[ae]nn; fr. the root of E. grow. See
1. Having the color of grass when fresh and growing;
resembling that color of the solar spectrum which is
between the yellow and the blue; verdant; emerald.
2. Having a sickly color; wan.
To look so green and pale. --Shak.
3. Full of life and vigor; fresh and vigorous; new; recent;
as, a green manhood; a green wound.
As valid against such an old and beneficent
government as against . . . the greenest usurpation.
4. Not ripe; immature; not fully grown or ripened; as, green
fruit, corn, vegetables, etc.
5. Not roasted; half raw. [R.]
We say the meat is green when half roasted. --L.
6. Immature in age, judgment, or experience; inexperienced;
young; raw; not trained; awkward; as, green in years or
I might be angry with the officious zeal which
supposes that its green conceptions can instruct my
gray hairs. --Sir W.
7. Not seasoned; not dry; containing its natural juices; as,
green wood, timber, etc. --Shak.
8. (Politics) Concerned especially with protection of the
enviroment; -- of political parties and political
philosophies; as, the European green parties.
Green brier (Bot.), a thorny climbing shrub (Emilaz
rotundifolia) having a yellowish green stem and thick
leaves, with small clusters of flowers, common in the
United States; -- called also cat brier.
Green con (Zool.), the pollock.
Green crab (Zool.), an edible, shore crab (Carcinus
menas) of Europe and America; -- in New England locally
Green crop, a crop used for food while in a growing or
unripe state, as distingushed from a grain crop, root
Green diallage. (Min.)
(a) Diallage, a variety of pyroxene.
Green dragon (Bot.), a North American herbaceous plant
(Aris[ae]ma Dracontium), resembling the Indian turnip;
-- called also dragon root.
Green earth (Min.), a variety of glauconite, found in
cavities in amygdaloid and other eruptive rock, and used
as a pigment by artists; -- called also mountain green.
(a) A south American tree (Jacaranda ovalifolia), having
a greenish wood, used for rulers, turned and inlaid
work, and in dyeing.
(b) The West Indian green ebony. See Ebony.
Green fire (Pyrotech.), a composition which burns with a
green flame. It consists of sulphur and potassium
chlorate, with some salt of barium (usually the nitrate),
to which the color of the flame is due.
Green fly (Zool.), any green species of plant lice or
aphids, esp. those that infest greenhouse plants.
Green gage, (Bot.) See Greengage, in the Vocabulary.
Green gland (Zool.), one of a pair of large green glands in
Crustacea, supposed to serve as kidneys. They have their
outlets at the bases of the larger antenn[ae].
Green hand, a novice. [Colloq.]
Green heart (Bot.), the wood of a lauraceous tree found in
the West Indies and in South America, used for
shipbuilding or turnery. The green heart of Jamaica and
Guiana is the Nectandra Rodi[oe]i, that of Martinique is
the Colubrina ferruginosa.
Green iron ore (Min.) dufrenite.
Green laver (Bot.), an edible seaweed (Ulva latissima);
-- called also green sloke.
Green lead ore (Min.), pyromorphite.
Green linnet (Zool.), the greenfinch.
Green looper (Zool.), the cankerworm.
Green marble (Min.), serpentine.
Green mineral, a carbonate of copper, used as a pigment.
Green monkey (Zool.) a West African long-tailed monkey
(Cercopithecus callitrichus), very commonly tamed, and
trained to perform tricks. It was introduced into the West
Indies early in the last century, and has become very
Green salt of Magnus (Old Chem.), a dark green crystalline
salt, consisting of ammonia united with certain chlorides
Green sand (Founding) molding sand used for a mold while
slightly damp, and not dried before the cast is made.
Green sea (Naut.), a wave that breaks in a solid mass on a
Green sickness (Med.), chlorosis.
Green snake (Zool.), one of two harmless American snakes
(Cyclophis vernalis, and C. [ae]stivus). They are
bright green in color.
Green turtle (Zool.), an edible marine turtle. See
(a) (Chem.) Sulphate of iron; a light green crystalline
substance, very extensively used in the preparation of
inks, dyes, mordants, etc.
(b) (Min.) Same as copperas, melanterite and sulphate
Green ware, articles of pottery molded and shaped, but not
Green woodpecker (Zool.), a common European woodpecker
(Picus viridis); -- called also yaffle.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fire \Fire\ (f[imac]r), n. [OE. fir, fyr, fur AS. f[=y]r; akin
to D. vuur, OS. & OHG. fiur, G. feuer, Icel. f[=y]ri,
f[=u]rr, Gr. py^r, and perh. to L. purus pure, E. pure Cf.
1. The evolution of light and heat in the combustion of
bodies; combustion; state of ignition.
Note: The form of fire exhibited in the combustion of gases
in an ascending stream or current is called flame.
Anciently, fire, air, earth, and water were regarded as
the four elements of which all things are composed.
2. Fuel in a state of combustion, as on a hearth, or in a
stove or a furnace.
3. The burning of a house or town; a conflagration.
4. Anything which destroys or affects like fire.
5. Ardor of passion, whether love or hate; excessive warmth;
consuming violence of temper.
he had fire in his temper. --Atterbury.
6. Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral
enthusiasm; capacity for ardor and zeal.
And bless their critic with a poet's fire. --Pope.
7. Splendor; brilliancy; luster; hence, a star.
Stars, hide your fires. --Shak.
As in a zodiac
representing the heavenly fires. --Milton.
8. Torture by burning; severe trial or affliction.
9. The discharge of firearms; firing; as, the troops were
exposed to a heavy fire.
Blue fire, Red fire, Green fire (Pyrotech.),
compositions of various combustible substances, as
sulphur, niter, lampblack, etc., the flames of which are
colored by various metallic salts, as those of antimony,
strontium, barium, etc.
(a) A signal given on the breaking out of a fire.
(b) An apparatus for giving such an alarm.
Fire annihilator, a machine, device, or preparation to be
kept at hand for extinguishing fire by smothering it with
some incombustible vapor or gas, as carbonic acid.
(a) A balloon raised in the air by the buoyancy of air
heated by a fire placed in the lower part.
(b) A balloon sent up at night with fireworks which ignite
at a regulated height. --Simmonds.
Fire bar, a grate bar.
Fire basket, a portable grate; a cresset. --Knight.
Fire beetle. (Zool.) See in the Vocabulary.
Fire blast, a disease of plants which causes them to appear
as if burnt by fire.
Fire box, the chamber of a furnace, steam boiler, etc., for
Fire brick, a refractory brick, capable of sustaining
intense heat without fusion, usually made of fire clay or
of siliceous material, with some cementing substance, and
used for lining fire boxes, etc.
Fire brigade, an organized body of men for extinguished
Fire bucket. See under Bucket.
Fire bug, an incendiary; one who, from malice or through
mania, persistently sets fire to property; a pyromaniac.
Fire clay. See under Clay.
Fire company, a company of men managing an engine in
Fire cross. See Fiery cross. [Obs.] --Milton.
Fire damp. See under Damp.
Fire dog. See Firedog, in the Vocabulary.
(a) A series of evolutions performed by fireman for
(b) An apparatus for producing fire by friction, by
rapidly twirling a wooden pin in a wooden socket; --
used by the Hindoos during all historic time, and by
many savage peoples.
(a) A juggler who pretends to eat fire.
(b) A quarrelsome person who seeks affrays; a hotspur.
Fire engine, a portable forcing pump, usually on wheels,
for throwing water to extinguish fire.
Fire escape, a contrivance for facilitating escape from
Fire gilding (Fine Arts), a mode of gilding with an amalgam
of gold and quicksilver, the latter metal being driven off
afterward by heat.
Fire gilt (Fine Arts), gold laid on by the process of fire
Fire insurance, the act or system of insuring against fire;
also, a contract by which an insurance company undertakes,
in consideration of the payment of a premium or small
percentage -- usually made periodically -- to indemnify an
owner of property from loss by fire during a specified
Fire irons, utensils for a fireplace or grate, as tongs,
poker, and shovel.
Fire main, a pipe for water, to be used in putting out
(Mil), an artillery officer who formerly supervised the
composition of fireworks.
Fire office, an office at which to effect insurance against
Fire opal, a variety of opal giving firelike reflections.
Fire ordeal, an ancient mode of trial, in which the test
was the ability of the accused to handle or tread upon
red-hot irons. --Abbot.
Fire pan, a pan for holding or conveying fire, especially
the receptacle for the priming of a gun.
Fire plug, a plug or hydrant for drawing water from the
main pipes in a street, building, etc., for extinguishing
Fire policy, the writing or instrument expressing the
contract of insurance against loss by fire.
(a) (Mil.) A small earthen pot filled with combustibles,
formerly used as a missile in war.
(b) The cast iron vessel which holds the fuel or fire in a
(c) A crucible.
(d) A solderer's furnace.
Fire raft, a raft laden with combustibles, used for setting
fire to an enemy's ships.
Fire roll, a peculiar beat of the drum to summon men to
their quarters in case of fire.
Fire setting (Mining), the process of softening or cracking
the working face of a lode, to facilitate excavation, by
exposing it to the action of fire; -- now generally
superseded by the use of explosives. --Raymond.
Fire ship, a vessel filled with combustibles, for setting
fire to an enemy's ships.
Fire shovel, a shovel for taking up coals of fire.
Fire stink, the stench from decomposing iron pyrites,
caused by the formation of hydrogen sulfide. --Raymond.
Fire surface, the surfaces of a steam boiler which are
exposed to the direct heat of the fuel and the products of
combustion; heating surface.
Fire swab, a swab saturated with water, for cooling a gun
in action and clearing away particles of powder, etc.
Fire teaser, in England, the fireman of a steam emgine.
Fire water, a strong alcoholic beverage; -- so called by
the American Indians.
Fire worship, the worship of fire, which prevails chiefly
in Persia, among the followers of Zoroaster, called
Chebers, or Guebers, and among the Parsees of India.
Greek fire. See under Greek.
On fire, burning; hence, ardent; passionate; eager;
Running fire, the rapid discharge of firearms in succession
by a line of troops.
St. Anthony's fire, erysipelas; -- an eruptive fever which
St. Anthony was supposed to cure miraculously. --Hoblyn.
St. Elmo's fire. See under Saint Elmo.
To set on fire, to inflame; to kindle.
To take fire, to begin to burn; to fly into a passion.