bombard


1bom·bard

noun \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

2bom·bard

verb \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
1
:  to attack especially with artillery or bombers
2
:  to assail vigorously or persistently (as with questions)
3
:  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

1686

Related to BOMBARD

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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