Definition of fireball in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfī(ə)rˌbôl/


1A ball of flame or fire: a crashed tanker exploded in a fireball
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  • It tore into the glass and metal, leaving a second gaping hole several storeys high from which a fireball of smoke and flame erupted.
  • Giant fireballs and trails of fire accompany the performers in the energetic and dramatic display.
  • At this point my engine exploded followed by a large fireball, with the fire spreading to the adjacent water.
1.1A large bright meteor.
Example sentences
  • Past displays have featured a richness of both fireballs and faint meteors but have included fewer objects of medium brightness.
  • Circles are the subject matter of her new work and she uses them to explore her fascination with planets, moons, suns, fireballs and comets.
  • On this day, local residents observed a huge fireball, almost as bright as the Sun, moving across the sky.
1.2 historical A ball filled with combustibles or explosives, fired at an enemy or enemy fortifications.
Example sentences
  • Catapults pelting fireballs were used with little effect.
  • The sky was black as midnight, lit only by glowing sparks, firebrands and fireballs shooting into the air.
  • In the olden days, the ships shot fireballs.
1.3A person with a fiery temper or a great deal of energy.
Example sentences
  • At 81 years of age, he remains a fireball of creative energy.
  • She has her Dad's temper and as her older brother, Mason, will attest, she can be a fireball.
  • He's a real fireball too; I like the feistiness.

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Syllabification: fire·ball

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