or fire storm

[fahyuh r-stawrm]


an atmospheric phenomenon, caused by a large fire, in which the rising column of air above the fire draws in strong winds often accompanied by rain.
a raging fire of great intensity, as one fueled by oil or gas, that spreads rapidly.

Nearby words

  1. fireside chat,
  2. fireside chats,
  3. firestone,
  4. firestone, harvey samuel,
  5. firestop,
  6. firethorn,
  7. firetrap,
  8. firewall,
  9. firewarden,
  10. firewater

Origin of firestorm

First recorded in 1575–85; fire + storm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for firestorm



an uncontrollable blaze sustained by violent winds that are drawn into the column of rising hot air over the burning area: often the result of heavy bombing
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