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

Examples of firebomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least two people were injured, including one by the firebomb, which started a fire in the middle of the street. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Portland police declare riot and dozens arrested on 100th straight night of protests," 6 Sep. 2020 But a week later, early March 28, a firebomb was thrown at the front door of Rogers’ Mountain View home. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How Alaska’s black community fought against police harassment, arson and rampant discrimination for civil rights," 15 June 2020 Smith was holding what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail firebomb, already burning, and threw it inside the store before the three men fled. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man charged in attempted arson Sunday night; Chief Morales decries attempts to hurt officers," 5 June 2020 The Israeli military said troops fired at a Palestinian who had thrown a firebomb at them. Aron Heller, BostonGlobe.com, "Palestinian killed in clashes as tensions rise over US plan," 5 Feb. 2020 Police tactics appeared to have worked, and the first six arrests, shortly after the march, were of people who had sneaked firebombs, rocks, gas masks and other paraphernalia onto a rooftop close to Exarchia’s main square. Washington Post, "Greece marks 1973 student uprising anniversary; 28 arrested," 17 Nov. 2019 The Israeli military said troops fired at a Palestinian who had thrown a firebomb at them. Aron Heller, BostonGlobe.com, "Palestinian killed in clashes as tensions rise over US plan," 5 Feb. 2020 The first was a firebomb placed in a hospital bathroom on Jan. 27 as medical workers threatened to strike. Joyu Wang, WSJ, "Hong Kong Probes Bombings as Protest Focus Turns to Virus Response," 4 Mar. 2020 The Israeli military said troops fired at a Palestinian who had thrown a firebomb at them. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 5, 2020," 6 Feb. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firebomb. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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firebomb

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of firebomb

: a bomb that causes a fire when it explodes

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