[fahyuh r-bom]


an explosive device with incendiary effects.

verb (used with object)

to attack with a firebomb or firebombs.

Origin of firebomb

First recorded in 1895–1900; fire + bomb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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another name for incendiary (def. 6)


(tr) to attack with incendiary bombs
Derived Formsfirebomber, noun
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Word Origin and History for firebomb

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.

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