- to attack or batter with artillery fire.
- to attack with bombs.
- to assail vigorously: to bombard the speaker with questions.
- Physics. to direct high energy particles or radiations against: to bombard a nucleus.
- the earliest kind of cannon, originally throwing stone balls.
- Nautical. bomb ketch.
- an English leather tankard of the 18th century and earlier, similar to but larger than a blackjack.
- Obsolete. a leather jug.
Origin of bombard
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Examples from the Web for bombarded
After the show, Mollie says she was bombarded online and in real life with praise.This Baby Can Work a Runway
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She claims Hollande has bombarded her with text messages, as many as 29 a day.Hollande's Jilted Lover Valerie Trierweiler Tells All
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Israel launched the operation after Hamas bombarded civilians with hundreds of rockets.Hamas, Not the IDF, Killed This Man's Child
March 11, 2013
For Obama, it was his visit to a southern Israeli city that had been bombarded with Hamas rockets.Marco Rubio Really Loves Israel and Has Pictures to Prove It
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The legislators were also bombarded with thousands of anti-ban emails.Another Massacre’s Gun Law Lesson, From Stockton, Calif., Survivors
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To offset this (p. 096) the Germans bombarded the British line at that point.
On the same day Rheims was bombarded, fifty shells falling there.
Tirlemont was bombarded, reduced, and evacuated by the Belgian troops.
When she had gone Captain Obed was bombarded with questions.Thankful's Inheritance
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The town of Ismailia, on the lake border, also was bombarded.
- to attack with concentrated artillery fire or bombs
- to attack with vigour and persistencethe boxer bombarded his opponent with blows to the body
- to attack verbally, esp with questionsthe journalists bombarded her with questions
- physics to direct high-energy particles or photons against (atoms, nuclei, etc) esp to produce ions or nuclear transformations
- an ancient type of cannon that threw stone balls
Word Origin and History for bombarded
early 15c., "catapult, military engine for throwing large stones," from Middle French bombarde "mortar, catapult" (14c.), from bombe (see bomb (n.)). The same word, from the same source, was used in English and French late 14c. in reference to the bass shawm, a bassoon-like musical instrument, preserving the "buzzing" sense in the Latin.
1590s, from French bombarder, from bombarde "mortar, catapult" (see bombard (n.)). Figurative sense by 1765. Related: Bombarded; bombarding.