fire·​ball | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbȯl \

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


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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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 In 2012, police were unable to defuse a 500-pound American bomb found in a construction site in Munich and their control detonation produced a fireball that lit up the nighttime sky, causing millions of dollars' worth of damage to 17 buildings. Erik Kirschbaum,, "Unexploded WWII bomb brings large-scale disruption to Berlin," 20 Apr. 2018 According to hundreds of eyewitness reports and as evidenced by surveillance cams, a massive, blue-green fireball shot through the Midwestern night sky Feb. 5, 2017, and was projected to have landed in northern Lake Michigan. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan meteor: Here's everything we know," 17 Jan. 2018 This year's rates are about one meteor per minute, which might come in the form of a faint streak or a bright fireball. Sarah Lewin,, "The 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower Promises Spectacular Views This Week," 6 Aug. 2018 At one table, a student plunges a plastic syringe filled with water to make the wheel of a model car turn; at another, a student ignites a handheld fireball that leaves the teacher holding it unburned. Bliss Broyard, Condé Nast Traveler, "I Took My Kids Out Of School for Three Months to Travel," 13 July 2018 Jenniskens and his staff at the University of Botswana and the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa collected security surveillance videos to determine the trajectory of the fireball. 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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English Language Learners Definition of fireball

: a huge mass of fire

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