- 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 bombarding
What is noticeable is that ISIS is bombarding the town with tank shells and mortars less than it was before.U.S. Planes are Blowing the Hell out of ISIS at Kobani, But …
October 9, 2014
The South responded in kind by bombarding an equally lonely patch of ocean, just north of the border.Smoke Rings, Mystery Backpacks and Gun-Toting Robots: The Weird Wartech of the Korean Conflict
April 3, 2014
He would be bombarding her with accusations for having let me leave—he never let me leave the house.Inside Gaddafi’s Harem: The Story of a Girl’s Abduction
August 29, 2013
And by bombarding Gaza, Israel is only helping them bolster their support.Palestine’s Inevitable Third Intifada
November 21, 2012
Barker ran round the room after him, bombarding him with demands and entreaties.The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Gilbert K. Chesterton
We never gave a thought to the possibility of Fritz bombarding us.Over the top with the 25th
Yet his appeal to George the Third and his minions was like bombarding a fog.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7
"They are bombarding the rear gatehouse with mangonels," de Puys said.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
When they were surprised by Father Brian they fled, bombarding him with prayer books.And Then the Town Took Off
- 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 bombarding
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.