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[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.
Also, fire storm.
Origin of firestorm
1575-85; fire + storm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for firestorm
  • And because he was out of the country, the singer was unaware of the firestorm brewing back home over the speech.
  • In the days since, a media firestorm has ensued over a perceived violation of civil liberties by transit system officials.
  • Also known as fracking, the practice has touched off a firestorm of concern over groundwater contamination.
  • No topic sets off a firestorm quicker than free soloing.
  • Program elimination is always controversial, and when it occurs inevitably results in a firestorm of opposition.
  • In some small towns, where the college is the only entertainment, there may be a firestorm of angry letters to the newspaper.
  • It is not too strong to call the other comments a firestorm of criticism.
  • Anyway, the question of what to do about these things provoked the predictable firestorm and the department was in uproar.
  • The memo was promptly leaked to the media, igniting a firestorm of debate over whether the ubiquitous devices are dangerous.
  • Since the water was used against phosphor bombs, the water only intensified the firestorm.
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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Slang definitions & phrases for firestorm



An intense and often destructive spate of action or reaction: The report has already generated a firestorm of criticism/ A lawyer from Time-Warner expected a firestorm of protest from the shareholders after the vote

[fr the catastrophic and unquenchable fires caused by aerial bombing of cities in World War II]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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