or fire storm

[ fahyuh r-stawrm ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌstɔrm /


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.

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

/ (ˈfaɪəˌstɔːm) /


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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