noun bom·bard \ˈbäm-ˌbärd\

Definition of BOMBARD

:  a late medieval cannon used to hurl large stones

Origin of BOMBARD

Middle English bombarde, from Middle French, probably from Latin bombus
First Known Use: 15th century

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


verb bom·bard \bäm-ˈbärd also bəm-\

: to attack (a place) with bombs, large guns, etc.

: to hit or attack (something or someone) constantly or repeatedly

Full Definition of BOMBARD

transitive verb
:  to attack especially with artillery or bombers
:  to assail vigorously or persistently (as with questions)
:  to subject to the impact of rapidly moving particles (as electrons)
bom·bard·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of BOMBARD

  1. The navy bombarded the shore.
  2. Scientists bombarded the sample with X-rays.
  3. The car was bombarded by rocks as it drove away from the angry crowd.

First Known Use of BOMBARD


Synonym Discussion of BOMBARD

attack, assail, assault, bombard, storm mean to make an onslaught upon. attack implies taking the initiative in a struggle <plan to attack the town at dawn>. assail implies attempting to break down resistance by repeated blows or shots <assailed the enemy with artillery fire>. assault suggests a direct attempt to overpower by suddenness and violence of onslaught <commandos assaulted the building from all sides>. bombard applies to attacking with bombs or shells <bombarded the city nightly>. storm implies attempting to break into a defended position <preparing to storm the fortress>.

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
BOMBARD Defined for Kids


verb bom·bard \bäm-ˈbärd\

Definition of BOMBARD for Kids

:  to attack with heavy fire from big guns :  shell <bombard a fort>
:  to hit or attack again and again <We were bombarded by ads.> <Smells he couldn't place bombarded him. — Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck>


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