Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bomb used to start a fire; an incendiary bomb.
  • transitive v. To attack (a target) with a firebomb.
  • intransitive v. To launch an attack against a target, using a firebomb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A weapon that causes fire, an incendiary weapon.
  • v. To attack with a firebomb.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bomb that is designed to start fires; is most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel)
  • v. attack with incendiary bombs

Etymologies

fire +‎ bomb (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On Saturday night, police detained about 160 youths and raided what they described as a firebomb-making hideout in the district of Keratsini, near the port of Piraeus.

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  • On Saturday night, police detained about 160 youths and raided what they described as a firebomb-making hideout.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • Police yesterday detained about 160 youths and raided what they described as a firebomb-making hideout in the district of Keratsini, near the port of Piraeus.

    The Guardian World News

  • In a statement read out to the inquest, Davinia Douglass described how a "firebomb" ripped through the carriage.

    7/7 inquest: bomb alert was ignored, says train driver

  • The "firebomb" turned out to be half a bottle of vodka.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Scott Crow claims that in 2006, after Brandon Darby was admittedly an FBI informant, Darby attempted to recruit Crow on a plot to "firebomb" Brave New Books of Austin,

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • Is Austin-area FBI Informant Brandon Darby, who allegedly provoked anarchists into plotting with 'molotov cocktails' at the RNC 2008 connected to plans to "firebomb" patriot bookstore Brave New Books and a sting on "suicided" Palestinian activist Riad Hamad?

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • For example, the man responsible for shooting two uniformed American soldiers, killing one of them, at a military recruiting center in Arkansas admitted to throwing a firebomb at the house of an Orthodox rabbi in Nashville, Tennessee, and confessed to firing shots at the home of a Little Rock rabbi in the days before his attack on the recruiting center.

    Abraham H. Foxman: The Day Hate Became Everyone's Problem

  • The USAF had been complaining that there was nothing left in Japan to firebomb.

    Matthew Yglesias » Working for the Clampdown

  • Correspondent Greg Palkot and cameraman Olaf Wiig had retreated to a building, but someone threw a firebomb inside and the men were attacked as they rushed out, said Michael Clemente, Fox's senior vice president for news.

    Journalists attacked by mobs, detained in Cairo

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