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dive bomber

an airplane of the fighter-bomber type that drops its bombs while diving at the enemy.
Origin of dive bomber
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As Stan closed in on the dive bomber it suddenly seemed to explode in his face.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • Well, sir, if he were a torpedo plane or dive bomber or scout bomber pilot, he would have somebody along with him.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for dive bomber

dive bomber

a military aircraft designed to release its bombs on a target during a steep dive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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