- 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 bombardment
They fled the town of Al Atatra near the Erez crossing to Israel on July 17 as Israeli bombardment intensified.Under American Bombs in Gaza
August 4, 2014
It has been inaccessible for weeks as Israeli bombardment and troops try to take out heavy guerrilla resistance.Who Is Behind Gaza's Mass Execution?
August 1, 2014
Since the Israeli bombardment started, 141 Palestinians have been killed and over 900 injured.Path To Paradise?
November 21, 2012
Others fired into buildings already wrecked either by NATO airstrikes last year or by the bombardment of recent days.Ex-Gaddafi Stronghold Surrenders to Pro-Government Forces
October 24, 2012
In 2006, when his country was under Israeli bombardment, he was in Italy much of the time.Lebanon's Dangerous Power Struggle
January 25, 2011
The continued explosions of the demolitions resembled a bombardment.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
The bombardment of Strasburg is also a popular subject in Mulhouse.In the Heart of Vosges
For the bombardment kept up for days and the Emperor could not escape.City of Endless Night
At 5.30 in the afternoon came the order to advance, after a bombardment by the fleet.
The warships in the harbor that had escaped the bombardment were blown up.
- 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 bombardment
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.