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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bombbɒm(n.)

  1. a case filled with a bursting charge and exploded by means of a detonating device or by impact, esp. one designed to be dropped from an aircraft.

    Category: Military

  2. any explosive device used as a weapon:

    a time bomb; a smoke bomb; a car bomb.

    Category: Military

  3. a rough spherical or ellipsoidal mass of lava, ejected from a volcano and hardened while falling.

    Category: Geology

  4. an aerosol can and its contents.

  5. a long forward pass in football.

    Category: Sport

  6. Slang. an absolute failure. Brit. a success; hit.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, British

  7. the bomb, nuclear weapons collectively.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Physics

    Ref: atomic bomb.

  8. (v.t.)to hurl bombs at or drop bombs upon, as from an airplane; bombard.

  9. Slang.to defeat decisively; trounce.

  10. (v.i.)to hurl or drop bombs.

  11. Slang. to fail decisively; flop (sometimes fol. by out).

  12. Informal. to move very quickly.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of bomb:

1580–90; earlier bom(b)e < Sp bomba (de fuego) ball (of fire)

bomb′able(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bomb(noun)

    an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions

  2. bomb calorimeter, bomb(noun)

    strong sealed vessel for measuring heat of combustion

  3. turkey, bomb, dud(verb)

    an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual

    "the first experiment was a real turkey"; "the meeting was a dud as far as new business was concerned"

  4. bombard, bomb(verb)

    throw bombs at or attack with bombs

    "The Americans bombed Dresden"

  5. fail, flunk, bomb, flush it(verb)

    fail to get a passing grade

    "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bomb(noun)ˈɑɑm

    an exploding weapon

    to plant a bomb; A car bomb killed three civilians.

  2. bomb(verb)ˈɑɑm

    to attack with bombs

    aircraft bombed the city

  3. bombˈɑɑm

    to do sth badly

    I bombed that test.

  4. bombˈɑɑm

    to be unsuccessful

    His first Broadway show bombed.

Wiktionary

  1. bomb(Noun)

    An explosive device used or intended as a weapon.

    Pakistan and India both have the Bomb now.

  2. bomb(Noun)

    A failure; an unpopular commercial product.

  3. bomb(Noun)

    A car in poor condition.

  4. bomb(Noun)

    A large amount of money, a fortune.

    make a bomb, cost a bomb

  5. bomb(Noun)

    A success; the bomb.

    Our fabulous new crumpets have been selling like a bomb.

  6. bomb(Noun)

    A very attractive woman; a bombshell.

  7. bomb(Noun)

    An action or statement that causes a strong reaction.

  8. bomb(Noun)

    The atomic bomb.

    During the Cold War, everyone worried about the bomb sometimes.

  9. bomb(Noun)

    A long forward pass.

  10. bomb(Verb)

    To attack using one or more bombs; to bombard.

  11. bomb(Verb)

    To fail dismally.

  12. bomb(Verb)

    To jump into water in a squatting position, with the arms wrapped around the legs.

  13. bomb(Noun)

    A heavy-walled container designed to permit chemical reactions under high pressure.

  14. bomb(Noun)

    A jump into water in a squatting position, with the arms wrapped around the legs, for maximum splashing.

  15. Bomb(Noun)

    The atomic bomb; the capacity to launch a nuclear attack. Often used with u201Ctheu201D.

    Pakistan and India both have the Bomb now.

  16. Origin: From bombe, from bomba, from bombus, from βόμβος, imitative of the sound itself.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bomb(noun)

    a great noise; a hollow sound

  2. Bomb(noun)

    a shell; esp. a spherical shell, like those fired from mortars. See Shell

  3. Bomb(noun)

    a bomb ketch

  4. Bomb(verb)

    to bombard

  5. Bomb(verb)

    to sound; to boom; to make a humming or buzzing sound

Freebase

  1. Bomb

    A bomb is any of a range of explosive weapons that only rely on the exothermic reaction of an explosive material to provide an extremely sudden and violent release of energy. Detonations inflict damage principally through ground- and atmosphere-transmitted mechanical stress, the impact and penetration of pressure-driven projectiles, pressure damage, and explosion-generated effects. A nuclear weapon employs chemical-based explosives to initiate a much larger nuclear-based explosion. Bombs have been in use since the 11th century in Song Dynasty China. The term bomb is not usually applied to explosive devices used for civilian purposes such as construction or mining, although the people using the devices may sometimes refer to them as "bomb". The military use of the term "bomb", or more specifically aerial bomb action, typically refers to airdropped, unpowered explosive weapons most commonly used by air forces and naval aviation. Other military explosive weapons not classified as "bombs" include grenades, shells, depth charges, warheads when in missiles, or land mines. In unconventional warfare, "bomb" can refer to a range of offensive weaponry. For instance, in recent conflicts, "bombs" known as improvised explosive devices have been employed by insurgent fighters to great effectiveness.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. bomb

    1. v. General synonym for crash (sense 1) except that it is not used as a noun; esp. used of software or OS failures. “Don't run Empire with less than 32K stack, it'll bomb.” 2. n.,v. Atari ST and Macintosh equivalents of a Unix panic or Amiga guru meditation, in which icons of little black-powder bombs or mushroom clouds are displayed, indicating that the system has died. On the Mac, this may be accompanied by a decimal (or occasionally hexadecimal) number indicating what went wrong, similar to the Amiga guru meditation number. MS-DOS machines tend to get locked up in this situation.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BOMB' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3665

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BOMB' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3164

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BOMB' in Nouns Frequency: #1138


Translations for BOMB

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

bomb(verb)

to drop bombs on

London was bombed several times.

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