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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Synonyms for fireball

Synonyms

dynamo, live wire, pistol

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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

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But video captured of the event shows the robot engulfed in the kind of fiercely burning fireball typically associated with battery fires. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Delivery robot spontaneously bursts into flames in California," 17 Dec. 2018 The detonation of this super warehouse would create a fireball 31 miles across, flattening 1,864 square miles surround it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What If We Blew Up All The World’s Nukes at Once?," 1 Apr. 2019 This new fireball exploded in relative solitude, burning up above the Bering Sea. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Meteor Hit Earth With the Force of a Nuclear Bomb and We Hardly Even Noticed," 18 Mar. 2019 No fireball had seared the city, no blast wave had crumbled buildings and buried the inhabitants, no dark mushroom cloud had spread over the sky. Nan Randall, The Atlantic, "'Charlottesville': A Government-Commissioned Story About Nuclear War," 25 Jan. 2018 On 9/11, Stephen Feuerman saw the World Trade Center aflame through the window of his Empire State Building office and watched, transfixed, as a second fireball burst from the twin towers. Jennifer Peltz, Fox News, "'Wake-up call': 9/11 prompted some to move away to new lives," 10 Sep. 2018 The vehicles' 10,000-horsepower engines are built to perform spectacularly ... and fail in the same fashion, often in a fireball. Todd Engle Special To The Star And Eagle, kansascity, "First family of drag racing returns to roots in Topeka this weekend | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 Incredible footage captured on a doorbell camera shows a fireball flashing through the night sky in Missouri. James Rogers, Fox News, "Doorbell camera captures fireball flashing through the sky in Missouri," 28 Aug. 2018 Witnesses reported loud explosions and video caught a meteoroid fireball streaking through the sky. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "For Just 2nd Time Ever, Meteor Hunters Recover Chunks of Rock They Tracked From Space," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of fireball

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fireball

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fireball

: a huge mass of fire

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