bomb bay

nounAeronautics, Military.
  1. (in the fuselage of a bomber) the compartment in which bombs are carried and from which they are dropped.

Origin of bomb bay

First recorded in 1915–20

Words Nearby bomb bay Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bomb bay in a sentence

  • In the Cold War, the Air Force developed the trapeze-launched Goblin, an ultracompact jet fighter that could ride inside the bomb bay of a nuclear-armed bomber to protect it from other fighter jets.

  • Craig knew it was a direct hit, apparently in the bomb bay, exploding the bombs carried there.

    The Lost Warship | Robert Moore Williams
  • If the bomb bay doors had opened it would have been the end of us as we were using the parachutes as pillows!

  • Then, while the co-pilot left his seat up front and started back to the seats near the bomb bay, Segador continued talking.

    The Five Arrows | Allan Chase
  • Then, as though still in a trance, Dawson reached out and pushed the button that closed the bomb-bay doors.

    Dave Dawson at Truk | Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Half frozen with fear, he stood gaping at the bomb-bay opening down through which the flaming mail bag had just disappeared.

    Dave Dawson at Truk | Robert Sydney Bowen