fireball

[ fahyuhr-bawl ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌbɔl /
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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.

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Origin of fireball

First recorded in 1545–55; fire + ball1
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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
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