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bomb

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noun \ˈbäm\

Simple Definition of bomb

  • : a device that is designed to explode in order to injure or kill people or to damage or destroy property

  • the bomb : nuclear weapons

  • : something that is a complete failure

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bomb

  1. 1 a :  an explosive device fused to detonate under specified conditions b :  atomic bomb; also :  nuclear weapons in general —usually used with the

  2. 2 :  a vessel for compressed gases: as a :  a pressure vessel for conducting chemical experiments b :  a container for an aerosol (as an insecticide) :  spray can

  3. 3 :  a rounded mass of lava exploded from a volcano

  4. 4 :  a lead-lined container for radioactive material

  5. 5 :  failure, flop <the play was a bomb>

  6. 6 British :  a large sum of money

  7. 7 a British :  a great success :  hit b slang :  one that is striking or extraordinary —used with the <their new album is the bomb>

  8. 8 a :  a long pass in football b :  a very long shot (as in basketball) <shooting 3-point bombs>; also :  home run

  9. 9 :  something unexpected and unpleasant —often used with drop <dropped a bomb with her resignation>

Examples of bomb in a sentence

  1. A bomb went off downtown.

  2. Many bombs were dropped on the city during the war.

  3. They hid a bomb in the building.

  4. countries that have the bomb



Origin and Etymology of bomb

French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus deep hollow sound, from Greek bombos, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 1684


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bomb

verb

Simple Definition of bomb

  • : to attack (a place or people) with a bomb or many bombs

  • : to fail completely

  • : to fail (a test)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bomb

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to attack with or as if with bombs :  bombard

  3. 2 :  to defeat decisively

  4. 3 :  to hit (as a baseball or a golf shot) very hard

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to fall flat :  fail

  7. 2 slang :  to move rapidly <bombed down the hill>

bombing

noun

Examples of bomb in a sentence

  1. The city was heavily bombed during the war.

  2. The planes flew 200 miles to bomb their target.

  3. The movie bombed at the box office.

  4. The play bombed on Broadway.

  5. He bombed at his first performance.

  6. I completely bombed my math exam.

  7. A car was bombing down the highway.

  8. teenagers bombing around in a convertible



1688

First Known Use of bomb

1688



BOMB Defined for Kids

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bomb

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noun \ˈbäm\

Definition of bomb for Students

  1. 1 :  a hollow case or shell filled with explosive material

  2. 2 :  a container in which something (as an insecticide) is stored under pressure and from which it is released in a fine spray

  3. 3 :  something that is a complete failure <The new movie was a bomb.>




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bomb

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verb

Definition of bomb for Students

bombed

bombing

  1. 1 :  to attack with bombs

  2. 2 :  to fail completely <His comedy act bombed.>





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