• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fire-balloon a balloon carrying a fire placed in the lower part for rarefying the air to make itself buoyant: a balloon sent up arranged to ignite at a certain height
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.


In literature:

This took place at Edinburgh in a fire balloon.
"The Mastery of the Air" by William J. Claxton
A third round is fired, and the shell explodes at F. In this instance the explosion takes place below the balloon.
"Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War" by Frederick A. Talbot
The balloon used was a Montgolfier, or fire balloon, and, in spite of its ready inflation, MM.
"The Dominion of the Air" by J. M. Bacon
Meanwhile, as captive balloons, the German and other armies used them for observation and the direction of artillery fire.
"A History of Aeronautics" by E. Charles Vivian
The work was nearly finished when Roziers went up in his fire-balloon from La Muette.
"Wonderful Balloon Ascents" by Fulgence Marion
The balloon is on fire!
"Tom Swift and his Motor-boat" by Victor Appleton
From the fire balloon invented by the Montgolfier Brothers, in 1782, to the superior hydrogen balloon of M.M.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 312, December 24, 1881" by Various
Blaze up like a fire balloon just because I said that, will you?
"The Third Violet" by Stephen Crane
Of course I know, around the Fourth of July, sometimes fire balloons, that burn out and don't burn up, come down.
"Six Little Bunkers at Aunt Jo's" by Laura Lee Hope
We saw two captive balloons, used by the French to direct artillery fire on their enemies.
"A Journey Through France in War Time" by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.

In news:

Agency under fire for Vegas conference had ballooning budgets in recent years.
2 Dead in Canada Hot Air Balloon Fire.
The third annual Nature round up day featured camp fire cooking, arts and crafts, balloon animals, and even Mr and Mrs Claus.
A fire balloon exploded when it failed to take flight and sent rockets shooting into a crowd in Taunggyi, Myanmar.
Fire balloon explodes, rockets shoot into crowd.
Lexington police and fire pension unfunded liability ballooned during last.
Warm up by the fire this Saturday as over a dozen hot air balloons set Eden Park ablaze at this year's Balluminaria Festival.
Balloons Cause Transformer Fire in El Cajon.