AskDefine | Define bombard

Dictionary Definition

bombard n : a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family [syn: bombardon]

Verb

1 cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile; "They pelted each other with snowballs" [syn: pelt]
2 throw bombs at or attack with bombs; "The Americans bombed Dresden" [syn: bomb]

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English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To attack something with bombs, artillery shells, or other missiles.
  2. To attack something or someone by directing objects at them.
  3. to direct an intense stream of high-energy particles, usually sub-atomic or made of at most a few atoms, at a substance.

Synonyms

Translations

To attack something with bombs, artillery shells, or other missiles.
  • German: bombardieren
To attack something or someone by directing objects at them.
  • German: bombardieren
to direct an intense stream of high-energy particles, usually sub-atomic or made of at most a few atoms, at a substance.
  • German: bombardieren

Derived terms

Noun

  1. a medieval form of cannon, used chiefly in sieges for throwing heavy stone balls.

Extensive Definition

Bombard may refer to:
  • Bombard (weapon), a type of late medieval siege weapon.
  • Bombard (music), a contemporary double reed instrument used to play traditional Breton music.
  • Alain Bombard, a French sailor who crossed the Atlantic on a rigid-hulled inflatable boat with no water or food.
  • Bomb vessel, a type a sailing ship carrying heavy mortars for bombarding positions on land
bombard in Spanish: Bombarda
bombard in Esperanto: Bombardilo
bombard in Dutch: Bombarde (wapen)
bombard in Polish: Bombarda
bombard in Swedish: Bombard

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accelerate, activate, aim at, assail, assault, atomize, attack, barrage, batter, besiege, blast, blitz, blow to pieces, blow up, bomb, cannon, cannonade, cleave, commence firing, cross-bombard, enfilade, fire a volley, fire at, fire upon, fission, fusillade, mine, mortar, nucleize, open fire, open up on, pepper, pop at, rake, set upon, shell, shoot, shoot at, smash the atom, snipe, snipe at, spring, strafe, strike, take aim at, torpedo, zero in on
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