Fire vs First - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between fire and first

is that fire is the sector of the economy including finance, insurance and real estate businesses while first is ridge (of roof).

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  • (uncountable) A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bonding of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smouldering.
  • (countable) Something that has produced or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire.
  • * , chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable. Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove.}}
  • (countable) The often accidental occurrence of fire in a certain place.
  • (uncountable, alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
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  • (countable, British) A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).
  • (countable) The elements necessary to start a fire.
  • (uncountable) The bullets or other projectiles fired from a gun.
  • Strength of passion, whether love or hate.
  • * Atterbury
  • He had fire in his temper.
  • Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm.
  • * (Alexander Pope)
  • And bless their critic with a poet's fire .
  • Splendour; brilliancy; lustre; hence, a star.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Stars, hide your fires .
  • * (John Milton)
  • As in a zodiac representing the heavenly fires .
  • (countable) A button (on a joypad, joystick or similar device) usually used to make a video game character fire a weapon.
  • Derived terms

    * all-fire * add fuel to the fire * back fire * balefire * ball of fire * baptism of fire * bonfire * brush-fire * brush fire * bushfire * campfire * catch fire * ceasefire * covering fire * electric fire * fiery * fight fire with fire * fire alarm * fire and brimstone * fire away * firearm * fireball * fire bay * fire beater * fireblast * firebolt * firebomb * firebrand * firebreak * fire brigade * firebug * fireclay * fire company * firecracker * fire department * firedog * fire drill * fire eater * fire engine * fire escape * fire exit * fire extinguisher * fire-fight * firefight * firefighter * fire flapper * firefly * fireguard * fire hose * firehouse * fire hydrant * fire in the belly * firelighter * fireman * fireplace * fireplug * fireproof * fire resistant * fire retardant * fireshine * fire ship * fire station * fireside * fire sign * fire-starter * fire step * firestop * fire swab * fire swatter * fire teaser * fire trench * fire truck * fire up * firewire * firewoman * firewood * firework * forest fire * friendly fire * gas fire * grassfire * grass fire * Greek fire * hang fire * heap coals on fire * hold your fire * hold someone's feet to the fire * irons in the fire * light someone's fire * no smoke without fire * on fire * open fire * ordeal of fire * play with fire * Promethean fire * pull out of the fire * rapid fire * real fire * St Anthony's fire * St Elmo's fire * trial by fire


  • (lb) To set (something) on fire.
  • * Chapter 20:
  • *:"Then I slipped up again with a box of matches, fired' my heap of paper and rubbish, put the chairs and bedding thereby, led the gas to the affair, by means of an india-rubber tube, and waving a farewell to the room left it for the last time." ¶ "You '''fired''' the house!" exclaimed Kemp. ¶ "' Fired the house. It was the only way to cover my trail—and no doubt it was insured."
  • *1907 , (Jack London), (The Iron Heel)
  • *:It was long a question of debate, whether the burning of the South Side ghetto was accidental, or whether it was done by the Mercenaries; but it is definitely settled now that the ghetto was fired by the Mercenaries under orders from their chiefs.
  • (lb) To heat without setting on fire, as ceramic, metal objects, etc.
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  • *:So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired -in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills,a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  • (lb) To drive away by setting a fire.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Till my bad angel fire my good one out.
  • (lb) To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), especially for cause (such as misconduct or poor performance).
  • *1969 , (Vladimir Nabokov), , Penguin 2011, p.226:
  • *:The first, obvious choice was hysterical and fantastic Blanche – had there not been her timidity, her fear of being ‘fired ’.
  • (lb) To shoot (a device that launches a projectile or a pulse of stream of something).
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  • (lb) To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon.
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  • To shoot; to attempt to score a goal.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2010, date=December 29, author=Mark Vesty, work=BBC
  • , title= Wigan 2-2 Arsenal , passage=Andrey Arshavin equalised with a superb volley into the corner before Nicklas Bendtner coolly fired Arsenal in front.}}
  • To cause an action potential in a cell.
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  • (lb) To forcibly direct (something).
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  • To initiate an event (by means of an event handler).
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  • To inflame; to irritate, as the passions.
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  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:Love had fired my mind.
  • To animate; to give life or spirit to.
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  • To feed or serve the fire of.
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  • To light up as if by fire; to illuminate.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:[The sun] fires the proud tops of the eastern pines.
  • (lb) To cauterize.
  • To catch fire; to be kindled.
  • To be irritated or inflamed with passion.
  • Synonyms

    * (set on fire) See set on fire * (sense) let off, loose (archery), shoot, * (terminate the employment of) dismiss, be given one's cards, be given the boot]], be given the elbow, [[heave-ho, be given the old heave-ho, let go, make redundant, sack, throw out * (sense) open fire, shoot * See also


    * (to terminate the employment) hire

    Derived terms

    * fire away * fire off * fire up * firing * overfired * ! * underfired * unfirable * you're fired





    (wikipedia first)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), (m), from (etyl) (m), .

    Alternative forms

    * firste (archaic) * fyrst (obsolete) * fyrste (obsolete)


  • Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Yesterday’s fuel , passage=The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania. The first barrels of crude fetched $18 (around $450 at today’s prices).}}
  • Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest.
  • * 1784 : William Jones, The Description and Use of a New Portable Orrery, &c. , PREFACE
  • THE favourable reception the Orrery has met with from Per?ons of the fir?t di?tinction, and from Gentlemen and Ladies in general, has induced me to add to it ?everal new improvements in order to give it a degree of Perfection; and di?tingui?h it from others; which by Piracy, or Imitation, may be introduced to the Public.
    Alternative forms
    * ; (in names of monarchs and popes) I


  • Before anything else; firstly.
  • * , chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=That concertina was a wonder in its way. The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=29, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Unspontaneous combustion , passage=Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia.}}


  • (uncountable) The person or thing in the first position.
  • * 1699 , , Heads designed for an essay on conversations
  • Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
  • (uncountable) The first gear of an engine.
  • (countable) Something that has never happened before; a new occurrence.
  • (countable, baseball) first base
  • (countable, British, colloquial) A first-class honours degree.
  • (countable, colloquial) A first-edition copy of some publication.
  • A fraction of an integer ending in one.
  • Derived terms

    * feet first * firstborn * first-class * first gear * first imperative (Latin grammar) * first of all * first place * first things first * first up

    See also

    * primary

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), from (etyl) (m), (m), . See also (l).


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Time; time granted; respite.
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