verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. bolzano-weierstrass theorem,
  2. bolívar,
  3. bolívar, simón,
  4. boma,
  5. bomarc,
  6. bomb bay,
  7. bomb belt,
  8. bomb calorimeter,
  9. bomb ketch,
  10. bomb lance

Origin of bomb

1580–90; earlier bom(b)e < Spanish bomba (de fuego) “ball (of fire),” akin to bombo “drum” < Latin bombus “a booming sound” < Greek bómbos

Related formsbomb·a·ble, adjective

Can be confusedbalm bomb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bomb

British Dictionary definitions for bomb



  1. a hollow projectile containing an explosive, incendiary, or other destructive substance, esp one carried by aircraft
  2. (as modifier)bomb disposal; a bomb bay
  3. (in combination)a bombload; bombproof
any container filled with explosivea car bomb; a letter bomb
the bomb
  1. a hydrogen or atomic bomb considered as the ultimate destructive weapon
  2. slangsomething excellentit's the bomb
a round or pear-shaped mass of volcanic rock, solidified from molten lava that has been thrown into the air
med a container for radioactive material, applied therapeutically to any part of the bodya cobalt bomb
British slang a large sum of money (esp in the phrase make a bomb)
US and Canadian slang a disastrous failurethe new play was a total bomb
Australian and NZ slang an old or dilapidated motorcar
American football a very long high pass
(in rugby union) another term for up-and-under
like a bomb British and NZ informal with great speed or success; very well (esp in the phrase go like a bomb)


to attack with or as if with a bomb or bombs; drop bombs (on)
(intr; often foll by off, along, etc) informal to move or drive very quickly
(intr) slang to fail disastrously; be a flopthe new play bombed See also bomb out

Word Origin for bomb

C17: from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus a booming sound, from Greek bombos, of imitative origin; compare Old Norse bumba drum

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Word Origin and History for bomb
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Idioms and Phrases with bomb


see time bomb.

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