Definition of firestorm in English:

firestorm

noun

  • A very intense and destructive fire (typically one caused by bombing) in which strong currents of air are drawn into the blaze from the surrounding area making it burn more fiercely.

    ‘firestorms after a nuclear exchange’
    figurative ‘the incident ignited a firestorm of controversy’
    • ‘The inscription on the monument generated a firestorm of controversy.’
    • ‘A firestorm swept across the city. 75 per cent of all buildings suffered severe structural damage.’
    • ‘The massive quake killed more than 140,000 people as buildings collapsed and firestorms turned the capital into a raging inferno.’
    • ‘In parts of the city, the fires joined up to create a firestorm.’
    • ‘The audio on the originally released disc caused a firestorm of controversy.’
    • ‘This paper will generate a firestorm of controversy, wide media interest, and perhaps even calls for a public inquiry.’
    • ‘Army assistance was at the bushfire's front line less than a day after firestorms devastated Canberra's western suburbs on January 18.’
    • ‘My grandfather vanished in one of the firestorms that raged in Tokyo during the American bombing campaigns.’
    • ‘Some of the greatest losses in Los Alamos occurred not in firestorms but from lower-intensity surface fires.’
    • ‘A bombing raid on Hamburg resulted in a firestorm that killed more than 50,000 people.’
    • ‘Radio warnings effectively mobilized fire brigades and civil defence workers but neither could control the firestorms which swept across northern Tokyo.’
    • ‘Together, they have produced a book that has ignited a firestorm in Great Britain that is almost certain to spread to the United States.’
    • ‘But French executives know even modest job cuts will ignite a political firestorm.’
    • ‘These created so much fire that a firestorm developed.’
    • ‘It ignited a national firestorm of protest by civil rights and women's groups.’
    • ‘Promoting abstinence in America carries a guarantee of being ridiculed in a firestorm of controversy.’
    • ‘Oxygen in the atmosphere will burn with this inbound debris and ignite superheated atmospheric firestorms that will consume much oxygen.’
    • ‘A firestorm would result: the heat in the central area rises so high that the fire consumes all available oxygen.’
    • ‘Only one minute long, it killed 3,000 people and ignited firestorms that burned for three days, forever changing the face of the Bay Area.’
    • ‘This accident, and the subsequent investigation, sparked a firestorm of protests.’
    blaze, conflagration, inferno, holocaust
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Pronunciation

firestorm

/ˈfʌɪəstɔːm/