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Fireball "Fire"ball`", n.
1. (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.

2. 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 ,
, , or .
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
3. 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.
[PJC]
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