Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

firebomb

[fahyuh r-bom]
See more synonyms for firebomb on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. an explosive device with incendiary effects.
Show More
verb (used with object)
  1. to attack with a firebomb or firebombs.
Show More

Origin of firebomb

First recorded in 1895–1900; fire + bomb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for firebomb

Contemporary Examples


British Dictionary definitions for firebomb

firebomb

noun
  1. another name for incendiary (def. 6)
Show More
verb
  1. (tr) to attack with incendiary bombs
Show More
Derived Formsfirebomber, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for firebomb

n.

1895, from fire (n.) + bomb (n.). As a verb, from 1950 as an act of vandalism or terrorism, from 1941 as a military aviation tactic. Related: Firebombed; firebombing.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper