fireball

noun
fire·​ball | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbȯl How to pronounce fireball (audio) \

Definition of fireball

1 : a ball of fire also : something resembling such a ball the primordial fireball associated with the beginning of the universe Scientific American
2 : a brilliant meteor that may trail bright sparks
3 : the highly luminous cloud of vapor and dust created by a nuclear explosion
4 : a highly energetic person

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Examples of fireball in a Sentence

The house erupted into a fireball. what this club needs is a fireball who will bring some sorely needed energy and enthusiasm
Recent Examples on the Web What exploded in the incident early Friday that sent a massive fireball into the sky near Tehran remains unclear, as does the cause of the blast. Fox News, "Satellite image: Iran blast was near suspected missile site," 28 June 2020 What exploded in the incident early Friday that sent a massive fireball into the sky near Tehran remains unclear, as does the cause of the blast. Fox News, "Satellite image: Iran blast was near suspected missile site," 28 June 2020 What exploded in the incident early Friday that sent a massive fireball into the sky near Tehran remains unclear, as does the cause of the blast. Fox News, "Satellite image: Iran blast was near suspected missile site," 28 June 2020 What exploded in the incident early Friday that sent a massive fireball into the sky near Tehran remains unclear, as does the cause of the blast. Washington Post, "Satellite image: Iran blast struck by suspected missile site," 27 June 2020 Shop Chairman Rich LeTourneau is known as a convivial fireball, often referred to as Richie by the Fort Wayne, Indiana, car dealers who know him best. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "This UAW shop chairman is a GM truck dealer's best friend," 6 June 2020 Whitlock was a strong-willed fireball of a kid and far from deterred by his circumstances. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Indy native Jason Whitlock out at Fox Sports," 2 June 2020 One was about a rocket leaving earth in a huge fireball, the vast green landscape falling away as the rocket entered space, and this chaos reflected on his face, especially his lips. Shoshannah Stern, New York Times, "Mothering in a Newly Quiet World," 8 May 2020 Powerful thrusters on the capsule propelled it up and out of harm’s way, as the rocket engines deliberately shut down and the booster tumbled out of control in a giant fireball. Marcia Dunn, SFChronicle.com, "SpaceX completes last key test of crew capsule," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fireball

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fireball was in the 15th century

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1 Aug 2020

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“Fireball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fireball. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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fireball

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How to pronounce fireball (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fireball

: a huge mass of fire

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