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 Less than a second later a fireball erupts, then turns into a mushroom cloud. Joyce Sohyun Lee, Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2022 The video shows a bluish fireball speeding across the sky before disappearing behind clouds. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 13 Aug. 2022 In mid-July, the Super Heavy Booster 7, spinning up all 33 of its Raptor engines, suffered damage after a fireball exploded during a test, which required repairs. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2022 The video shared by a resident on Sunday night shows a large fireball and smoke turning the sky in the area orange. Greg Norman, Fox News, 9 Aug. 2022 The resulting fireball can grow and brighten, though. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 31 July 2022 The eyes of Texas were fixed on the night sky Sunday as a fireball visibly scorched through the air before dissipating from view west of Austin. Hogan Gore, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 The explosion is invariably spectacular: a gigantic spewing fireball, often followed by a slow-motion airborne cascade of secondary blasts. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2022 Local residents reported seeing a fireball and hearing explosions for two hours after the crash. Demetris Nellas,, 17 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fireball

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Sep 2022

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“Fireball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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