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

Definition of firebomb

: an incendiary bomb

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Examples of firebomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Afterwards, however, some protesters threw firebombs at official buildings. The Economist, "Politics this week," 12 Dec. 2019 The man’s apartment was later raided by police, and a cache of firebombs were found there. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police: Finnish attacker acted alone, suspected of murder," 2 Oct. 2019 The man's apartment was later raided by police, and a cache of firebombs were found there., "Sword-wielding student kills 1, wounds 9 at Finland school; firebombs found in apartment: police," 1 Oct. 2019 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

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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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28 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Firebomb.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of firebomb

: a bomb that causes a fire when it explodes

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