Definition of firebomb in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfī(ə)rˌbäm/ /ˈfaɪ(ə)rˌbɑm/

Translate firebomb into Spanish


  • A bomb designed to cause a fire.

    as modifier ‘a firebomb attack’
    • ‘He said his family had suffered for years from a vendetta, which resulted in a catalogue of damage to his home and garden, including graffiti, firebombs, ballbearings fired through patio windows and his caravan being set on fire’
    • ‘Dozens of protesters threw stones and firebombs and occasionally fired guns.’
    • ‘The army said soldiers fired in response to an anti-tank missile and several firebombs.’
    • ‘Realism is the key to the training and the whole mocked-up town will be used to recreate full-scale riots which will include firebombs, missiles being thrown, violent offenders wielding knives and raids on homes.’
    • ‘More than 100 riot police battled Friday for control of Lima's largest wholesale fruit market against vendors armed with shotguns, pistols and homemade firebombs.’
    • ‘Fighter pilots and commanders have confirmed the use of firebombs similar to napalm during the fighting.’
    • ‘A firebomb is a lethal weapon that should be used against enemies in war.’
    • ‘Isn't it reasonable to respond with ammunition against an attacker who is wielding automatic weapons and firebombs?’
    • ‘Today, just a small burn scar around one eye, he runs a roadside cafe a few yards from where the firebomb hit.’
    • ‘Soldiers opened fire and the crowds responded with stones and firebombs.’
    • ‘Dozens of townspeople poured into the street, firing guns, throwing firebombs and hurling rocks, the Major said.’
    • ‘He used more than 40 homemade firebombs to throw at the police, causing multiple explosions and flames at the scene.’
    • ‘Underlining how emotionally charged the history debate is, the society's building was attacked with a firebomb last week.’
    • ‘In fact, firebombs, which have a similar effect to napalm, were used against enemy positions in 2003.’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Attack or destroy (something) with a bomb which causes a fire.

    ‘he suspects that someone firebombed his business’
    • ‘A couple whose restaurant was firebombed in a racist attack on February 1 found that the window of their newly-renovated Chinese restaurant had been smashed in the early hours of July 19.’
    • ‘Opposition party offices have been firebombed; journalists and vendors of independent newspapers have been attacked.’
    • ‘It's the second time this year that the Chinese restaurant has been targeted - the business was firebombed in January.’
    • ‘Two synagogues in Brussels were firebombed; a third, in Charleroi, was sprayed with automatic weapons fire.’
    • ‘The group's most recent attack was in March when they firebombed a car belonging to a Russian diplomat.’
    • ‘A Basildon school was firebombed three times by arsonists in a late-night attack.’
    • ‘He said that as a result his offices were firebombed and he was threatened.’
    • ‘She's still angry, and she has a big mouth that gets her into trouble (like when she said girls couldn't play guitar, or appeared to condone firebombing fast-food outlets).’
    • ‘Instead of firebombing the apartment and surrounding forest like I would have done during my violent years, I instead turned the other cheek and ran away like a frightened schoolgirl.’
    • ‘Of course, the rhetoric is different, and while I'm not condoning it, there's a big difference between an ignoramus mouthing off in a pub, and firebombing someone's home.’
    • ‘It began with race-hate posters plastered around the city, and escalated into a campaign of attacking Asian migrants and firebombing Chinese restaurants.’
    • ‘If he was a spammer, I would endorse firebombing this house, I think.’
    • ‘The catch is that fundamentalist zealots have been firebombing their liquor stores in the cities.’
    • ‘This from a man who spent 7 years in jail for firebombing a farm.’
    incendiarism, pyromania, firebombing