fireball

noun

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

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 The space agency says fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that are brighter and can persist longer than average meteor streaks. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 3 Jan. 2024 That’s because the inaugural flight destroyed the launchpad, triggered environmental concerns and ended with the rocket spinning out of control before destroying itself in a fireball. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 The rocket's second stage is visible to the upper left of the fireball, continuing into space. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2023 Just after midnight on January 21, a roughly three-foot-long asteroid fell through Earth’s atmosphere—burning up in a blazing fireball seen across much of Europe and crashing to the ground as fragments of meteorite near Berlin, Germany. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 Video posted on social media shows an explosion resulting in a huge fireball. CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 Believe it or not, that atomic fireball on the table in front of Biden is actually a cake. Emma Specter, Vogue, 30 Jan. 2024 Not just the confetti, but also pyro in the form of fireballs pluming out from the sides of the stage and sparks showering down from the tops of it. Théoden Janes, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 From the preparations for the dance, on both sides of the prison walls, to the moment at which the girls tentatively walk down the hallway to where their fathers wait, dressed up in suits measured just for this occasion, is one fireball of sentiment after another. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Fireball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fireball. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

fireball

noun
fire·​ball -ˌbȯl How to pronounce fireball (audio)
1
: a ball of fire
2
: a very bright meteor
3
: the glowing cloud of vapor and dust created by a nuclear explosion

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