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fire·storm

 (fīr′stôrm′)
n.
1. A fire of great size and intensity that generates and is fed by strong inrushing winds from all sides: the firestorm that leveled Hiroshima after the atomic blast.
2. An intense or violent response: "The discovery that your child has a learning disorder can set off a firestorm of emotions" (Judith Harkness Richardson).
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firestorm

(ˈfaɪəˌstɔːm)
n
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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fire′storm`

or fire′ storm`,



n.
1. 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.
2. a vehemently intense and contagious response: a firestorm of protest.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.firestorm - a storm in which violent winds are drawn into the column of hot air rising over a severely bombed area
storm, violent storm - a violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightning
2.firestorm - an outburst of controversy; "the incident triggered a political firestorm"
contestation, controversy, disceptation, arguing, argument, contention, disputation, tilt - a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
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