What does bomb mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bombnoun

    an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions

  2. bomb calorimeter, bombnoun

    strong sealed vessel for measuring heat of combustion

  3. turkey, bomb, dudverb

    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, bombverb

    throw bombs at or attack with bombs

    "The Americans bombed Dresden"

  5. fail, flunk, bomb, flush itverb

    fail to get a passing grade

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


  1. bombnoun

    An explosive device used or intended as a weapon.

    Pakistan and India both have the Bomb now.

  2. bombnoun

    A failure; an unpopular commercial product.

  3. bombnoun

    A car in poor condition.

  4. bombnoun

    A large amount of money, a fortune.

    make a bomb, cost a bomb

  5. bombnoun

    A success; the bomb.

    Our fabulous new crumpets have been selling like a bomb.

  6. bombnoun

    A very attractive woman; a bombshell.

  7. bombnoun

    An action or statement that causes a strong reaction.

  8. bombnoun

    The atomic bomb.

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

  9. bombnoun

    A long forward pass.

  10. bombverb

    To attack using one or more bombs; to bombard.

  11. bombverb

    To fail dismally.

  12. bombverb

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

  13. bombnoun

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

  14. bombnoun

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

  15. Bombnoun

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

    Pakistan and India both have the Bomb now.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BOMBnoun

    Etymology: bombus, Lat.

    There was an upper chamber, which being thought weak, was supported by a pillar of iron, of the bigness of one’s arm in the midst; which, if you had struck, would make a little flat noise in the room, but a great bomb in the chamber beneath. Francis Bacon, Natural Hist. №. 151.

    The loud cannon missive iron pours,
    And in the slaught’ring bomb Gradivus roars. Nicholas Rowe.

  2. To Bombverb

    To fall upon with bombs; to bombard.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Our king thus trembles at Namur,
    Whilst Villeroy, who ne’er afraid is,
    To Bruxelles marches on secure,
    To bomb the monks, and scare the ladies. Matthew Prior.


  1. bomb

    A bomb is an explosive device designed to cause destruction, injury, or death through a sudden and violent release of energy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bombnoun

    a great noise; a hollow sound

  2. Bombnoun

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

  3. Bombnoun

    a bomb ketch

  4. Bombverb

    to bombard

  5. Bombverb

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bomb

    [formerly bomber, from bomba]. The mortar of bomb-vessels.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bomb

    A hollow ball or shell of cast iron filled with explosive materials, and furnished with a fuze, which being ignited when the missile is discharged from a mortar or howitzer, burns during its flight, and causes it to explode with destructive violence when it falls. They are now commonly called shells.

Rap Dictionary

  1. bombnoun

    Marijuana laced with heroin.

  2. bombnoun

    Very good. "Gimme that bomb beat from Dre" -- Tupac (California love).

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  2. BOMB

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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

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  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

Examples of bomb in a Sentence

  1. Speaker McCarthy:

    Without exaggeration American debt is a ticking time bomb that will detonate unless we take serious responsible action. Yet, how has President Biden reacted to this issue? He has done nothing. So in my view, and I think the rest of America, it’s irresponsible.

  2. Leonard Rubenstein:

    There were two children, I believe, who were killed and two others and six injured because of the explosive force of the bomb, the law is very simple and clear and goes back 150 years that it's illegal to attack a hospital, a patient, medical staff.

  3. Arthur L Caplan:

    The use of fetuses as organ and tissue donors is a ticking time bomb of bioethics.

  4. AusWitness:

    I haven't made one before, but I've studied how to make them, get FAR away from the bomb, brother. There's going to be chaos when it goes off. Shrapnel, blood and panicking kuffar will be everywhere.

  5. Spiro T. Agnew:

    Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.

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