Firestorm



[fahyuh r-stawrm] /ˈfaɪərˌstɔrm/

noun
1.
an atmospheric phenomenon, caused by a large , in which the rising column of air above the draws in strong winds often accompanied by rain.
2.
a raging of great intensity, as one fueled by oil or gas, that spreads rapidly.
/ˈfaɪəˌstɔːm/
noun
1.
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

noun

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]

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