Definition of fireball in English:


Syllabification: fire·ball
Pronunciation: /ˈfīrˌbôl


  • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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