Definition of firestorm
1 : a very intense and destructive fire usually accompanied by high winds The Rooses' house and gardens were obliterated in the 1991 Oakland firestorm. — Craig Summers Black; especially : one that is started by attack with nuclear or incendiary weapons and that creates a powerful updraft which causes very strong inrushing winds to develop in the surrounding area His goal was to create firestorms like the ones that had consumed Hamburg and Dresden, conflagrations so vast and intense that nothing could survive them … — David M. Kennedy
2a : a sudden or violent outburst a firestorm of public protestb : a raging controversy a political firestorm
Examples of firestorm in a sentence
The bombing left the city engulfed in a firestorm.
His proposal set off a political firestorm.
a firestorm of public protest
First Known Use of firestorm
FIRESTORM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of firestorm for English Language Learners
: a very large fire that destroys everything in its path and produces powerful winds
: a large amount of anger and criticism
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