verb (used with object)
Origin of bombard
Synonyms for bombard
Related Words for bombardhound, bomb, besiege, pester, blitz, harass, barrage, batter, blast, strafe, catapult, shell, launch, cannonade, beset, pound, strike, assail
Examples from the Web for bombard
Contemporary Examples of bombard
Just Google “Patrick Wilson Girls backlash,” and wait for the hateful, Lena Dunham-bashing vitriol to bombard your screen.Louis C.K. Apologizes to the ‘Fat Girls’
May 13, 2014
Your most grating acquaintance could – and usually would – bombard you with reams of unoriginal drivel at the press of a key.Unconsidered Trifles: Found Comedy in the Age of Social Media
March 30, 2013
Listen, suppose they got in, suppose they start to bombard Guantanamo?JFK’s Secret White House Recordings Unveiled
September 25, 2012
Historical Examples of bombard
The Germans will bombard the whole of Paris if the possibility of doing so should be offered them.My Double Life
From this position they began to bombard parts of the inner ring.
If so be that he intends in truth to bombard us, let him begin forthwith.Love-at-Arms
They continued to bombard these works daily until the 10th of September.The Military Journals of Two Private Soldiers, 1758-1775
The Fenians, it was said, were raising a fleet to bombard Halifax.A Soldier's Life
Edwin G. Rundle
verb (bɒmˈbɑːd) (tr)
Word Origin for bombard
early 15c., "catapult, military engine for throwing large stones," from Middle French bombarde "mortar, catapult" (14c.), from bombe (see bomb (n.)). The same word, from the same source, was used in English and French late 14c. in reference to the bass shawm, a bassoon-like musical instrument, preserving the "buzzing" sense in the Latin.
1590s, from French bombarder, from bombarde "mortar, catapult" (see bombard (n.)). Figurative sense by 1765. Related: Bombarded; bombarding.