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bombard

[ verb bom-bahrd, buhm-; noun bom-bahrd ]
/ verb bɒmˈbɑrd, bəm-; noun ˈbɒm bɑrd /
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verb (used with object)
noun
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Origin of bombard

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 FROM bombard

bom·bard·er, nounbom·bard·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bombard

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 of bombard

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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