- atomic bomb.
- nuclear weapons collectively.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of bomb
Related Words for bombexplosive, rocket, mine, missile, projectile, device, torpedo, raid, bombard, destroy, attack, blast, strafe, charge, shell, grenade, ticker, bombshell, blitz, rake
Examples from the Web for bomb
Contemporary Examples of bomb
Policemen on the show joke about prison riots, bomb threats, and the shooting of unarmed civilians.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops
January 9, 2015
Even a relatively small 250-pound bomb could kill or injure friendly troops who are within 650 feet of the explosion.
The reason pilots would choose to use guns over a bomb or a missile is simple.
One day while Richards was campaigning, someone reported there was a bomb on her small plane.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
Now hackers are threatening to bomb any theater that shows it.Six Must-Read Stories About the Sony Hacks, Congo’s Forgotten Colonial Getaway and Another Woman’s Story of U-VA
The Daily Beast
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of bomb
Would you think that Michaelis had anything to do with the preparation of that bomb, for instance?The Secret Agent
And that sentence, uttered carelessly, had come like a bomb into my life.My Double Life
"So you can hear the bomb explosions," suggested the Countess.City of Endless Night
They placed a bomb in a vital spot and set it off, sinking the merchantman.
He got the connection of thoughts when a bomb was slid over the edge.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
- a hollow projectile containing an explosive, incendiary, or other destructive substance, esp one carried by aircraft
- (as modifier)bomb disposal; a bomb bay
- (in combination)a bombload; bombproof
- a hydrogen or atomic bomb considered as the ultimate destructive weapon
- slangsomething excellentit's the bomb
Word Origin for bomb
1580s, from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus "a deep, hollow noise; a buzzing or booming sound," from Greek bombos "deep and hollow sound," echoic. Originally of mortar shells, etc.; modern sense of "explosive device placed by hand or dropped from airplane" is 1909. Meaning "old car" is from 1953. Meaning "success" is from 1954 (late 1990s slang the bomb "the best" is probably a fresh formation); opposite sense of "a failure" is from 1963. The bomb "atomic bomb" is from 1945.
1680s, from bomb (n.). Meaning "to fail" attested from 1963. Related: Bombed; bombing. Slang bombed "drunk" is attested by 1956.
see time bomb.