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bɒmˈbɑrd, bəm-; ˈbɒm bɑrdbom·bard

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bombardon, bombardverb

    a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family

  2. pelt, bombardverb

    cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile

    "They pelted each other with snowballs"

  3. bombard, bombverb

    throw bombs at or attack with bombs

    "The Americans bombed Dresden"

  4. bombard, barrageverb

    address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage

    "The speaker was barraged by an angry audience"; "The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer"

  5. bombardverb

    direct high energy particles or radiation against


  1. bombardnoun

    a medieval primitive cannon, used chiefly in sieges for throwing heavy stone balls.

    Etymology: From bombarde bombard (as cannon), itself from bombus.

  2. bombardnoun

    a bassoon-like medieval instrument

    Etymology: From bombarde bombard (as cannon), itself from bombus.

  3. bombardverb

    To attack something with bombs, artillery shells or other missiles or projectiles.

    Etymology: From bombarde bombard (as cannon), itself from bombus.

  4. bombardverb

    To attack something or someone by directing objects at them.

    Etymology: From bombarde bombard (as cannon), itself from bombus.

  5. bombardverb

    To direct at a substance an intense stream of high-energy particles, usually sub-atomic or made of at most a few atoms.

    Etymology: From bombarde bombard (as cannon), itself from bombus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bombardnoun

    a piece of heavy ordnance formerly used for throwing stones and other ponderous missiles. It was the earliest kind of cannon

  2. Bombardnoun

    a bombardment

  3. Bombardnoun

    a large drinking vessel or can, or a leather bottle, for carrying liquor or beer

  4. Bombardnoun

    padded breeches

  5. Bombardnoun

    see Bombardo

  6. Bombardverb

    to attack with bombards or with artillery; especially, to throw shells, hot shot, etc., at or into


  1. Bombard

    The bombard is a cannon or mortar used in medieval times. It is a large-caliber, muzzle loading cannon mainly used during sieges to throw stone balls at opponent’s walls. The primary use was to break down the walls of the enemy so the army could get to the enemy. Most bombards are made of iron and use gunpowder to launch the projectile through the air. There are many types of bombards including the Mons Meg, Dardanelles Gun, and the handheld bombard. Bombards are part of a family of super guns that have a big role in history. They have been used throughout the middle ages and have had a profound impact on many wars.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bombard

    A piece of ordnance, anciently in use before the introduction of more complete cannon with improved gunpowder, propelling iron balls. Its bore, for the projection of stone shot, sometimes exceeded 20 inches in diameter, but was short; its chamber, for containing the powder-charge, being about as long, but much narrower both within and without. There were also very diminutive varieties of it. It has been vaguely called by some writers basilisk, and by the Dutch donderbass. Used to assail a town, fortress, or fleet, by the projection of shells from mortars. It was also the name of a barrel, or large vessel for liquids; hence, among other choice epithets, Prince Henry calls that "tun of man," Falstaff, a "huge bombard of sack." Also, a Mediterranean vessel, with two masts like the English ketch.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bombard

    An ancient piece of ordnance, very short, thick, and wide at the bore. Some of the bombards used in the 15th century propelled stones weighing from 200 to 500 pounds each.

  2. bombard

    To assault a town or fortress by projecting into it shells, etc., from mortars, in order to set fire to and destroy the houses, magazines, and other buildings.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bombard in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bombard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bombard in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Hess:

    From the very moment that he was appointed, before Nixon was even president, Daniel Patrick Moynihan started to bombard him with memos.

  2. Massoud Barzani:

    We condemn this bombardment that led to the martyrdom of people from the Kurdistan region and call on Turkey not to bombard civilians again.

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    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    • A. jab
    • B. mitre
    • C. tingle
    • D. reciprocal

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