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[fahyuh r-stawrm] /ˈfaɪərˌstɔrm/

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


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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