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firestorm

Line breaks: fire|storm
Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪəstɔːm
 
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Definition of firestorm in English:

noun

A very intense and destructive fire (typically one caused by bombing) in which strong currents of air are drawn into the blaze from the surrounding area making it burn more fiercely: firestorms after a nuclear exchange figurative the incident ignited a firestorm of controversy
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  • Radio warnings effectively mobilized fire brigades and civil defence workers but neither could control the firestorms which swept across northern Tokyo.
  • Army assistance was at the bushfire's front line less than a day after firestorms devastated Canberra's western suburbs on January 18.
  • Only one minute long, it killed 3,000 people and ignited firestorms that burned for three days, forever changing the face of the Bay Area.

Words that rhyme with firestorm

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