- atomic bomb.
- nuclear weapons collectively.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- bolzano-weierstrass theorem,
- bolívar, simón,
- bomb bay,
- bomb belt,
- bomb calorimeter,
- bomb ketch,
- bomb lance
Origin of bomb
Examples from the Web for 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|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
Several men had been hit and half the butt of the Lewis gun blown off by a bomb.
Had a bomb been exploded on the hearth at his feet the Colonel could not have been more astonished.Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman|F. Hopkinson Smith
Perhaps he saw the bomb thrown and heard the deafening report.The Vultures|Henry Seton Merriman
When the explosion takes place, the ring contained in the bomb is sent flying into the air.The Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical|Frank H. Stauffer
If it can get above the dirigible the adroplane may bring about the dirigible's destruction by the successful launch of a bomb.Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War|Frederick A. Talbot
- 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.