ball lightning
Fireball Fire"ball`, n. 1. (Mil.) A ball filled with powder or other combustibles, intended to be thrown among enemies, and to injure by explosion; also, to set fire to their works and light them up, so that movements may be seen. [1913 Webster]

2. A rare phenomenon often associated with or caused by lightning, resembling a luminous ball of fire passing rapidly through the air or along solid objects, then disappearing, and sometimes exploding. It seldom lasts more than a few seconds. Also called {ball lightning}, {globe lightning}, {globular lightning}, or {kugelblitz}. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

3. A large mass of fire caused by a large explosion, as of inflammable liquids or a nuclear device. The larger fireballs, as of nuclear explosions, rise seemingly intact into the air and may reach high altitudes while still glowing. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ball lightning — noun Date: 1857 a rare form of lightning consisting of luminous balls that may move along solid objects or float in the air …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • ball lightning — noun A short lived, glowing ball sometimes observed to float in the air; thought to consist of ionized gas associated with thunderstorms …   Wiktionary

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