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bombardier

[ bom-ber-deer, -buh- ]
/ ˌbɒm bərˈdɪər, -bə- /
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noun
Military. the member of a bombing plane crew who operates the bombsight and bomb-release mechanism.
History/Historical. artilleryman.
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Origin of bombardier

From Middle French, dating back to 1550–60; see origin at bombard, -ier2

Other definitions for bombardier (2 of 2)

Bombardier
[ bom-ber-deer, -buh-, bom-bahr-dyey ]
/ ˌbɒm bərˈdɪər, -bə-, ˌbɒm bɑrˈdyeɪ /

Trademark, Canadian.
a snowmobilelike vehicle driven by an internal-combustion engine, equipped with caterpillar tracks at the rear, steered by skis at the front, and designed for travel over snow.

Origin of Bombardier

First recorded in 1945–50; after Canadian inventor and industrialist Armand Bombardier (died 1964), who designed it
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British Dictionary definitions for bombardier (1 of 2)

bombardier
/ (ˌbɒmbəˈdɪə) /

noun
the member of a bomber aircrew responsible for aiming and releasing the bombs
British a noncommissioned rank below the rank of sergeant in the Royal Artillery
Also called: bombardier beetle any of various small carabid beetles of the genus Brachinus, esp B. crepitans of Europe, which defend themselves by ejecting a jet of volatile fluid

Word Origin for bombardier

C16: from Old French: one directing a bombard; see bombard

British Dictionary definitions for bombardier (2 of 2)

Bombardier
/ (ˌbɒmbəˈdɪə) /

noun
trademark Canadian a snow tractor, typically having caterpillar tracks at the rear and skis at the front

Word Origin for Bombardier

C20: named after J. A. Bombardier, Canadian inventor and manufacturer
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