What does BOMB mean?

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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?"


  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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bomb

    bom, or bum, n. a hollow projectile, usually of cast-iron, fired from a mortar, filled with gunpowder and fitted with a time-fuse: any similar missile or case of explosives, as a dynamite bomb.—n. Bom′bard, an engine or great gun for throwing bombs: (Shak.) a barrel or large vessel for holding liquor.—v.t. Bombard′, to attack with bombs.—ns. Bombardier′, the lowest non-commissioned officer in the British artillery, formerly a man employed about the mortars and howitzers; Bombard′ment; Bombar′don, a deep-toned brass instrument, with a tube likened to a bombard.—adj. Bomb′-proof, proof or secure against the force of bombs.—ns. Bomb′-shell (same as Bomb); Bomb′-vess′el, Bomb′-ketch, a vessel for carrying the mortars used in bombarding from the sea.—Bombardier beetle, a name given to several species of beetles, which discharge an acrid volatile fluid with explosive force from the abdomen. [Fr. bombe—L. bombus—Gr. bombos, a humming sound—an imitative word.]

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.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BOMB in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BOMB in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Thurman:

    I thought it was a bomb.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I'm going to bomb the s---- out of them.

  3. Richard Nixon, Nixon:

    The President can bomb anybody he likes.

  4. State John Kerry on Monday:

    You can't just buy a bomb and transfer it.

  5. John Kearse:

    We had to know what the F-bomb was in Russian.

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