• WordNet 3.6
    • n fireball the luminous center of a nuclear explosion
    • n fireball a ball of fire (such as the sun or a ball-shaped discharge of lightning)
    • n fireball a highly energetic and indefatigable person
    • n fireball an especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fireball (Mil) A ball filled with powder or other combustibles, intended to be thrown among enemies, and to injure by explosion; also, to set fire to their works and light them up, so that movements may be seen.
    • Fireball A large mass of fire caused by a large explosion, as of inflammable liquids or a nuclear device. The larger fireballs, as of nuclear explosions, rise seemingly intact into the air and may reach high altitudes while still glowing.
    • Fireball A rare phenomenon often associated with or caused by lightning, resembling a luminous ball of fire passing rapidly through the air or along solid objects, then disappearing, and sometimes exploding. It seldom lasts more than a few seconds. Also called ball lightning globe lightning globular lightning, or kugelblitz.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fireball A ball of fire, as the sun.
    • n fireball Milit., a ball filled with explosives or combustibles, intended to be thrown among enemies, to injure them by explosion, to set fire to their works and expose their movements, or simply to produce the last result by the light of its own combustion.
    • n fireball Globe-lightning; an electrical phenomenon sometimes seen in thunder-storms, having the appearance of a globe of fire falling from the clouds and often bursting with a loud report.
    • n fireball A ball composed of very fine anthracite coal or dust and clay, used to kindle fires.
    • n fireball The scarlet lychnis, Lychnis Chalcedonica.
    • n fireball In heraldry, same as ball fired (which see, under ball): as, a fire-ball fired in four places.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fireball a ball filled with combustibles to be thrown among enemies: a meteor
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.


In literature:

Fireballs are thrown, and pointed jav'lins fly; The fields of Neptune take a purple dye.
"The Aeneid" by Virgil
We took to ours and tried to get away, but the ship dropped fireballs at us, and killed many of my men.
"Almayer's Folly A Story of an Eastern River" by Joseph Conrad
Ay, ay, that will blind their fireballs of eyes!
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
It was the only decent thing they ever did: becoming a fireball.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
Now the blue fireball was arcing down over the hillside, trailing its orange-red comet tail.
"Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X" by Victor Appleton
Nearer and nearer came the fireball.
"A Chinese Wonder Book" by Norman Hinsdale Pitman
Thus they advanced towards the castle, with their swords in one hand and fireballs in the other.
"The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century" by Clarence Henry Haring
The fireballs had been prepared in the cabin of the fishing boat.
"No Surrender!" by G. A. Henty
I think it weer a fireball.
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
A resinous substance that fell after a fireball?
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort

In poetry:

People are the same, and people's worries,
And the sunset's still a fireball,
Just the way death's night once in a hurry
Nailed it to the ancient mansion's wall.
"Confession" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

The 2012 Fireball Rally in Schenectady Wednesday.
The local team traveling with the Fireball Run Adventurally Northern Exposure when it stopped here Monday was called Visittiogapa.
Willow Smith's new music video for " Fireball " featuring Nicki Minaj.
She premiered her new video for her single " Fireball " with Nicki Minaj and we totally love it.
Scientists aren't exactly sure why, but fireballs are far more common near the vernal equinox.
Researchers say the more they delve into why fireballs are more common during spring, the stranger the phenomenon becomes — especially since the Earth's apex suggests autumn would be prime time for meteors.
Daring Fireball 's John Gruber.
The meteor in Wisconsin seen Wednesday night appeared as a fireball in the sky, shaking the ground with its accompanying sonic boom.
It has been a long hard road, but the Mineola Fireball is now reaping the fruits of success that they truly deserve.
Villagers fall ill after fireball hits Peru.
I spent time training in San Antonio, Texas when I was in the Air Force, but I never saw a fireball in the sky like the one that was reported earlier this month.
Howie Minas, a roly-poly fireball of a man who talked so fast you had to play close attention, died last month.
Gerbera 'Flori Line Dark Fireball' from Florist Holland.
A fireball erupted from a Gray Highway convenience store after a pickup hydroplaned into the gas pumps Wednesday morning.
Gas line explosion torches homes, roads in W. This image provided by the West Virginia State Police shows a fireball erupting across Interstate 77 from a gas line explosion in Sissonville, W Va. On Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012.

In science:

The maximum of the «fireball» emission was attained probably not earlier than 0d.71 after the gamma-ray burst.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
The Hubble telescope continues to see the «fireball» and a surrounding nebulosity (at 25 mag) which is considered to be a dwarf host galaxy at a redshift ~ 1.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
The continued visibility of the burst and the rate of its fading support the theory that the light from the burst is an expanding relativistic «fireball».
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
Fireball evolution following the impact of two heavy nuclei at ultrarelativistic energies.
Experimental Conference Summary
Fluctuations in the Primordial Fireball,” J.
The Cosmic Microwave Background