area bombing

noun

: air bombardment in which all attacking aircraft release their bombs in a fairly large target area instead of attempting to hit one specific target

called also carpet bombing, pattern bombing, saturation bombing

compare precision bombing

Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of area bombing was in 1941

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“Area bombing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/area%20bombing. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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