fireball

[ fahyuh r-bawl ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌbɔl /

noun

a ball of fire, as the sun; a shooting star.
a luminous meteor, sometimes exploding.
lightning having the appearance of a globe of fire; ball lightning.
the highly luminous central portion of a nuclear explosion.
a ball filled with explosive or combustible material, used as a projectile to injure the enemy by explosion or to set fire to their works.
Informal. an exceptionally energetic or ambitious person.

Nearby words

  1. fire-resistant,
  2. fire-retardant,
  3. fire-tube boiler,
  4. firearm,
  5. fireback,
  6. fireballer,
  7. firebase,
  8. firebird,
  9. firebird, the,
  10. fireboard

Origin of fireball

First recorded in 1545–55; fire + ball1

Roberts

[ rob-erts ]
/ ˈrɒb ərts /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fireball

fireball

/ (ˈfaɪəˌbɔːl) /

noun

a ball-shaped discharge of lightning
the bright spherical region of hot ionized gas at the centre of a nuclear explosion
astronomy another name for bolide
slang an energetic person

Roberts

/ (ˈrɒbəts) /

noun

Frederick Sleigh, 1st Earl. 1832–1914, British field marshal. He was awarded the Victoria Cross (1858) for his service during the Indian Mutiny and was commander in chief (1899–1900) in the second Boer War
Julia. born 1967, US film actress; her films include Pretty Woman (1990), Notting Hill (1999), Erin Brockovich (2000), which earned her an Academy Award, and Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
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Word Origin and History for fireball

fireball

n.

1550s, from fire (n.) + ball (n.1).

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