[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.
  3. to assail vigorously: to bombard the speaker with questions.
  4. 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.
  3. an English leather tankard of the 18th century and earlier, similar to but larger than a blackjack.
  4. Obsolete. a leather jug.

Origin of bombard

1400–50; late Middle English (noun) < Medieval Latin bombarda stone-throwing engine (Latin bomb(us) booming noise (see bomb) + -arda -ard)
Related formsbom·bard·er, nounbom·bard·ment, nounun·bom·bard·ed, adjective

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verb (bɒmˈbɑːd) (tr)
  1. to attack with concentrated artillery fire or bombs
  2. to attack with vigour and persistencethe boxer bombarded his opponent with blows to the body
  3. to attack verbally, esp with questionsthe journalists bombarded her with questions
  4. 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
Derived Formsbombardment, 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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Word Origin and History for bombarding



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.

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