firebomb

noun
fire·​bomb | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbäm How to pronounce firebomb (audio) \

Definition of firebomb

: an incendiary bomb

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firebomb transitive verb

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Israeli police say rioters hurled a firebomb at the museum and threw stones that wounded three police officers. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "‘McJesus’ sculpture sparks outrage among Israel’s Christians," 14 Jan. 2019 While the specific cause may be unknown, the broader one is clear: Any electric vehicle with a sizable battery is a giant firebomb ready to go off under the right conditions. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Delivery Robot Spontaneously Bursts Into Flames," 17 Dec. 2018 Police said the suspect had first thrown a makeshift firebomb or Molotov cocktail into a fast-food restaurant, seriously burning the 14-year-old girl. Andrea Thomas, WSJ, "German Police Investigate Hostage-Taking as Possible Terror Attack," 16 Oct. 2018 According to the charges, a Molotov cocktail — a homemade firebomb — is considered a firearm and cannot be legally possessed by a felon. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee activist Vaun Mayes released from custody in Sherman Park firebomb plot," 5 July 2018 Many people were convinced that racists had thrown a firebomb in the window, but a police inquest was inconclusive and no charges were brought. Ellen Barry, The Seattle Times, "What the royal bride-to-be means to black Londoners," 14 May 2018 Many people were convinced that racists had thrown a firebomb in the window, but a police inquest was inconclusive and no charges were brought. Ellen Barry, The Seattle Times, "What the royal bride-to-be means to black Londoners," 14 May 2018 Hamas has called the protests peaceful, despite the Molotov cocktails thrown at Israeli soldiers and firebombs attached to kites that are routinely sailed over the fence, setting fires to Israeli farmland. New York Times, "Plan to Storm Fence Gets Bloody Preview in Gaza," 27 Apr. 2018 The Israeli military said firebombs were hurled and explosives were planted near the fence in northern Gaza. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "Burning tires, tear gas and live fire: Gaza clashes turn deadly," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of firebomb

1685, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of firebomb was in 1685

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firebomb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of firebomb

: a bomb that causes a fire when it explodes

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