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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barrage, bombardment, outpouring, onslaughtnoun

    the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)

    "a barrage of questions"; "a bombardment of mail complaining about his mistake"

  2. barrage, barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shellingnoun

    the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target

    "they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops"; "the shelling went on for hours without pausing"

  3. bombardmentnoun

    the act (or an instance) of subjecting a body or substance to the impact of high-energy particles (as electrons or alpha rays)

  4. bombing, bombardmentnoun

    an attack by dropping bombs


  1. bombardmentnoun

    the act of bombing, especially towns or cities

  2. bombardmentnoun

    heavy artillery fire

  3. bombardmentnoun

    the incidence of an intense stream of high-energy particles directed at a substance

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bombardmentnoun

    an attack upon a fortress or fortified town, with shells, hot shot, rockets, etc.; the act of throwing bombs and shot into a town or fortified place


  1. Bombardment

    A bombardment is an attack by artillery fire directed against fortifications, troops, or towns and buildings. Prior to World War I the term was only applied to the bombardment of defenceless or undefended objects, houses, public buildings, it was only loosely employed to describe artillery attacks upon forts or fortified positions in preparation for assaults by infantry. Since then it has come to mean any mass attack delivered by artillery or short range tactical missiles, and also as aerial bombardment if delivered by aircraft or long range missiles.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bombardment

    Is an attack upon a fortress or fortified town by means of shells, red-hot shot, carcasses, rockets, etc., to burn and destroy the buildings, and kill the inhabitants, and by this means compel its surrender. A bombardment requires little engineering skill; whereas a regular siege requires the aid of engineers to direct the attack against fortifications, guns, and soldiery, leaving the inhabitants and buildings untouched. It is generally regarded by military engineers as a cruel operation, and in modern times is mostly adopted as an adjunct to a siege. The stores required for a vigorous bombardment are immense. Thus, in 1759, Rodney threw 20,000 shells and carcasses into Havre; in 1792, the Duke of Saxe Teschen threw 36,000 shot and shell into Lille in 140 hours; in 1795, Pichegru threw 8000 shells into Mannheim in 16 hours; and in 1807, the English threw 11,000 shot and shell into Copenhagen in three days. Of the bombardments recorded in history may be mentioned that of Algiers by Duquesne in 1682-83, by the Venetians in 1784, and by the English in 1816; of Genoa in 1684; of Tripoli in 1685, 1728, and 1747; of Barcelona in 1691; of Brussels in 1694; of Toulon by the English in 1707; of Prague in 1744, 1759, and 1848; the bombardment of Lille by the Austrians in 1792; of Le Quesnoy, Breda, Lille, Lyons, Maestricht, and Mayence in 1793; of Menin, Valenciennes, and Ostend in 1794; of Copenhagen by the English in 1807; of Glogau, Breslau, and Schweidnitz by the French in 1806-7; of Saragossa by the French in 1808; of Flushing by the English in 1809; of Antwerp in 1832; of St. Jean d’Ulloa by the French in 1838; of Beyrout and St. Jean d’Acre by the English in 1840; of Barcelona by Espartero in 1842; of Mogador by the French in 1844; and of Odessa by the English and French fleets in 1854. Vera Cruz was bombarded by Gen. Scott for three days before its surrender, March 27, 1847. During the civil war recourse was had several times to this method of reducing fortified places. Among the most noted were the bombardment by Admiral Farragut for six days, April 18, 1862, of Forts Jackson and St. Philip (after which they surrendered); the bombardment of Fort Pulaski, Ga., by Gen. Gillmore, in April, 1862; the first bombardment of Fort Sumter in August, 1863, which effectually disabled the fort for immediate defense of Charleston harbor, although the works remained in the possession of the Confederates; and the second bombardment, which took place in October following, leaving the place in ruins. During the Franco-German war Strasburg was bombarded by the Prussians on August 18, 1870, and after an immense number of shells were thrown into it with ruinous effect the city surrendered on September 27. During the siege of Paris it was estimated that for two weeks in January, 1871, about 500 shells a day were thrown into the city, to the great destruction of life and property.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bombardment in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bombardment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of bombardment in a Sentence

  1. Muhannad Darwish:

    It is a very hard situation. It's not easy to find food after being displaced. People have left their farms, jobs and houses due to the bombardment, people are even having a hard time securing water.

  2. The Security Council:

    The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at the continued high level of violence in Syria and condemned all violence directed against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including medical facilities, they expressed outrage at all attacks against civilians, as well as indiscriminate attacks, including those involving shelling and aerial bombardment, such as the use of barrel bombs, which have reportedly been extensively used in recent days in Aleppo.

  3. Abu Bakr:

    The Crusaders' air strikes and constant bombardment day and night of Islamic State positions have not prevented its advance.

  4. Abu Ahmed:

    What changed for us was the huge, abnormal size, and intensity of the bombardment.

  5. Carl Alwmark:

    If we start finding even more of these larger craters, then you should start speculating about whether this [bombardment] could have had a profound impact on the evolution of Earth's biology.

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  • бамбёжка, бамбава́ннеBelarusian
  • бомбардиро́вкаBulgarian
  • Beschuss, Bombardierung, BombardementGerman
  • bombardeoSpanish
  • بمبارانPersian
  • pommitus, hiukkaspommitus, tykistökeskitysFinnish
  • bombardementFrench
  • bombardamentoItalian
  • הַפצָצָהHebrew
  • 衝撃, 砲撃, 爆撃, 照射Japanese
  • 포격Korean
  • bombardementDutch
  • bombardeio, bombardeamentoPortuguese
  • bombardare, bombardamentRomanian
  • артобстре́л, бомбардиро́вка, бомбёжка, канона́да, артиллери́йский обстре́лRussian
  • бомбува́ння, бомбардува́нняUkrainian
  • بمبارUrdu

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    transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
    • A. doom
    • B. interrogate
    • C. inspire
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