- Military. the member of a bombing plane crew who operates the bombsight and bomb-release mechanism.
- History/Historical. artilleryman.
Origin of bombardier
- a snowmobilelike vehicle driven by an internal-combustion engine, equipped with caterpillar tracks at the rear, steered by skis at the front, and designed for travel over snow.
Origin of Bombardier
Examples from the Web for bombardier
Neither, staring through his bombsight, could bombardier Umphress.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day
Timothy M. Gay
June 6, 2012
As a bombardier Yossarian is “the best man in the group at evasive action.”The Catch in “Catch-22”
September 4, 2011
It was a different type of plane, a European-built ATR-72 (the Bombardier is a Canadian plane).Behind the Buffalo Crash
February 13, 2009
One of the boys, a bombardier from a Fort, explained the workings of the camp.
His bombardier had laid their eggs squarely on a factory building.
I was in the same troop with him, a bombardier at the same gun.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
I was second bombardier with him at Toulon,—ay, at Cairo too.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Bombardier Bevignani or Marine Mancinelli might revel in it.
- the member of a bomber aircrew responsible for aiming and releasing the bombs
- British a noncommissioned rank below the rank of sergeant in the Royal Artillery
- Also called: bombardier beetle any of various small carabid beetles of the genus Brachinus, esp B. crepitans of Europe, which defend themselves by ejecting a jet of volatile fluid
- trademark Canadian a snow tractor, typically having caterpillar tracks at the rear and skis at the front
Word Origin and History for bombardier
1550s, soldier with a bombard, from French bombardier, from bombard (see bombard (n.)). In 17c.-18c. of soldiers who manned artillery (especially mortars and howitzers); meaning "one who aims the bombs in an aircraft" is attested 1932, American English.