area bombing


Definition of area bombing

: 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

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First Known Use of area bombing

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Area bombing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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