bolide vs fireball what difference

what is difference between bolide and fireball

English

Etymology

Borrowed from French bolide, from Latin bolis, from Ancient Greek βολίς (bolís, missile, arrow, javelin). Doublet of bolis.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈboʊ.laɪd/, /ˈboʊ.lɪd/

Noun

bolide (plural bolides)

  1. An extremely bright meteor.
    Synonym: fireball
  2. Any extraterrestrial body that collides with Earth.
    • 2004, Alan Harris, “SPACEGUARD REDUX, PUT TO TEST”, in Astrobiology Magazine
      The smallest impactor that can penetrate the atmosphere deep enough to cause any damage on the ground is not much smaller than the “Tunguska” bolide that flattened a couple thousand square miles of Siberian forest in 1908.
  3. A fireball.

Derived terms

  • superbolide

Translations

Further reading

  • bolide on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • boiled, odible, oldbie

Dutch

Etymology

From Latin bolis.

Noun

bolide f (plural bolides, diminutive bolidetje n)

  1. (astronomy) bolide; an exceptionally bright meteor
    Synonym: vuurbol
  2. (by extension) fast racing car; speedster, high-powered car

French

Etymology

From Latin bolis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɔ.lid/
  • Rhymes: -id

Noun

bolide m (plural bolides)

  1. (astronomy, dated) fireball
  2. (by extension) fast racing car; speedster, high-powered car

Further reading

  • “bolide” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
  • bolide on the French Wikipedia.Wikipedia fr

Italian

Etymology

From Latin bolis, from Ancient Greek βολίς (bolís, missile, arrow, javelin).

Noun

bolide m (plural bolidi)

  1. (astronomy) meteor
  2. (automotive) racing car

Anagrams

  • deboli, delibo, delibò


English

Etymology

fire +‎ ball

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfaɪə(ɹ)bɔːl/

Noun

fireball (plural fireballs)

  1. A ball of fire, especially one associated with an explosion.
  2. (astronomy) A meteor bright enough to cast shadows.
    Synonym: bolis
    Coordinate terms: comet, meteorite
  3. (sailing) A class of sailing dinghy with a single trapeze and a symmetrical spinnaker, sailed by a crew of two.
  4. (heraldry) A charge made of a disc-shaped bomb shell, with four sets of flames, at the top, bottom and on either side.
  5. (military, historical) A ball filled with combustibles to be thrown among enemies.

Derived terms

  • fireballer

Translations

Verb

fireball (third-person singular simple present fireballs, present participle fireballing, simple past and past participle fireballed)

  1. (intransitive) To explode in a ball of flame.
  2. (baseball) To pitch the ball very fast.
  3. (transitive, fantasy) To attack with balls of fire.

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