[ verb bom-bahrd, buhm-; noun bom-bahrd ]
/ verb bɒmˈbɑrd, bəm-; noun ˈbɒm bɑrd /

verb (used with object)


Origin of bombard

1400–50; late Middle English (noun) < Medieval Latin bombarda stone-throwing engine (Latin bomb(us) booming noise (see bomb) + -arda -ard)

Related forms

bom·bard·er, nounbom·bard·ment, nounun·bom·bard·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bombard


verb (bɒmˈbɑːd) (tr)

to attack with concentrated artillery fire or bombs
to attack with vigour and persistencethe boxer bombarded his opponent with blows to the body
to attack verbally, esp with questionsthe journalists bombarded her with questions
physics to direct high-energy particles or photons against (atoms, nuclei, etc) esp to produce ions or nuclear transformations

noun (ˈbɒmbɑːd)

an ancient type of cannon that threw stone balls

Derived Forms

bombardment, noun

Word Origin for bombard

C15: from Old French bombarder to pelt, from bombarde stone-throwing cannon, probably from Latin bombus booming sound; see bomb
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