from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fire of great size and intensity that generates and is fed by strong inrushing winds from all sides: the firestorm that leveled Hiroshima after the atomic blast.
- n. An intense or violent response: "The discovery that your child has a learning disorder can set off a firestorm of emotions” ( Judith Harkness Richardson).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fire whose intensity is greatly increased by inrushing winds.
- n. An intense or violent response.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an outburst of controversy
- n. a storm in which violent winds are drawn into the column of hot air rising over a severely bombed area
Without a doubt the most annoying aspect of this firestorm is the way that it validates a criticism that Atrios makes of the media all the time.
At the same time, Cain showed some staying power in the face of what he termed a "firestorm."
In an effort to deal with what he called a "firestorm," Cameron announced a judicial inquiry last week into the media, its behavior, and its links with the police and politicians.
The impact of this firestorm is not limited to her personally.
A firestorm is whipping across the Canuck blogsphere today over the picture above and I am genuinely curious to know what our readers think the picture is of.
McLellan's book and its subsequent firestorm is a bouncer's swift Size 13 in the back.
While I had no problem killing off Michael, describing what's left of Havenstone after the firestorm is hard for me.
The reason that poll didn’t cause a firestorm is because the race wasn’t as close as the one in 2004.
Police, politicians and journalists were pulled into what Prime Minister David Cameron called a "firestorm," and now people wonder how far this one will go.
Mike vividly recalls the firestorm of artillery that ensued.