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

Definition of firebomb

: an incendiary bomb

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Recent Examples on the Web Peter Van Sant: An igniter. Joel Wiest: An igniter, which said to the investigator … these are the makings of a firebomb. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Murder victim's friends say PA woman made good on her vow to kill," 16 Nov. 2019 Fat Boy’s evolution from peaceful demonstrator to firebomb-throwing provocateur mirrors that of other combative protesters. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "‘No Regrets’: Hong Kong’s Protesters Test China’s Limits," 27 Oct. 2019 Hong Kong media reported that a second firebomb went off in the afternoon near a police station elsewhere in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Fox News, "Firebombs set off near 2 Hong Kong police stations," 8 June 2019 The backpack also contained a crude firebomb; a bottle filled with fuel and matches attached. Fox News, "Police release surveillance footage of suspect in Cal State Fullerton stabbing death," 21 Aug. 2019 The government, in what has become a weekly ritual, condemned protesters on Monday and said a police officer was injured after being hit with a firebomb tossed by a demonstrator. Anchorage Daily News, "Protesters shut down Hong Kong airport; China warns of ‘terrorism,’ raising fears of military crackdown," 12 Aug. 2019 Hemsworth reimagined his epic hero as a cheerful doofball with a busted hammer, letting Thompson dominate as a charisma firebomb on a millennia-deep bender. Darren Franich,, "Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for eerily bland Men in Black: International: EW review," 12 June 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

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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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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Firebomb.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of firebomb

: a bomb that causes a fire when it explodes

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