bombard

[ verb bom-bahrd, buhm-; noun bom-bahrd ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to attack or batter with artillery fire.

  2. to attack with bombs.

  1. to assail vigorously: to bombard the speaker with questions.

  2. Physics. to direct high energy particles or radiations against: to bombard a nucleus.

noun
  1. the earliest kind of cannon, originally throwing stone balls.

  2. Nautical. bomb ketch.

  1. an English leather tankard of the 18th century and earlier, similar to but larger than a blackjack.

  2. Obsolete. a leather jug.

Origin of bombard

1
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English (noun), Medieval Latin bombarda “stone-throwing engine” (Latin bomb(us) “booming noise” + -arda noun suffix); see bomb, -ard

Other words for bombard

Other words from bombard

  • bom·bard·er, noun
  • bom·bard·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for bombard

bombard

verb(bɒmˈbɑːd) (tr)
  1. to attack with concentrated artillery fire or bombs

  2. to attack with vigour and persistence: the boxer bombarded his opponent with blows to the body

  1. to attack verbally, esp with questions: the journalists bombarded her with questions

  2. physics to direct high-energy particles or photons against (atoms, nuclei, etc) esp to produce ions or nuclear transformations

noun(ˈbɒmbɑːd)
  1. an ancient type of cannon that threw stone balls

Origin of bombard

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

Derived forms of bombard

  • bombardment, noun

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