\fi"er*y\ (? or ?), a. [formerly written firy, fr. fire.]
1. consisting of, containing, or resembling, fire; as, the fiery gulf of etna; a fiery appearance. and fiery billows roll below. watts.
2. vehement; ardent; very active; impetuous. hath thy fiery heart so parched thine entrails? the fiery spirit of his forefathers. irwing.
3. passionate; easily provoked; irritable. you know the fiery quality of the duke.
4. unrestrained; fierce; mettlesome; spirited. one curbed the fiery steed.
5. heated by fire, or as if by fire; burning hot; parched; feverish. the sword which is made fiery.
cross, a cross constructed of two firebrands, and pitched upon the point of a spear; formerly in scotland borne by a runner as a signal for the clan to take up arms. w. scott.
1. characterized by intense emotion; "ardent love"; "an ardent lover"; "a burning enthusiasm"; "a fervent desire to change society"; "a fervent admirer"; "fiery oratory"; "an impassioned appeal"; "a torrid love affair" [syn: ardent, burning(a) , fervent, fervid, impassioned, perfervid, torrid]
2. like or suggestive of fire; "the burning sand"; "a fiery desert wind"; "an igneous desert atmosphere" [syn: igneous]
3. very intense; "a fiery temper"; "flaming passions" [syn: flaming]