[ 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.

  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

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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How to use bombard in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for 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

  1. an ancient type of cannon that threw stone balls

Origin of bombard

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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