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bomb

noun \ ˈbäm \

Definition of bomb

1 a :an explosive device fused to detonate under specified conditions
b :atomic bomb; also :nuclear weapons in general usually used with the
2 :a vessel for compressed gases: such as
a :a pressure vessel for conducting chemical experiments
b :a container for an aerosol (such as an insecticide) :spray can
3 :a rounded mass of lava exploded from a volcano
4 :a lead-lined container for radioactive material
5 :failure, flop
  • the play was a bomb
6 British :a large sum of money
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 a :a long pass in football
b :a very long shot (as in basketball)
  • shooting 3-point bombs
; also :home run
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

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Origin and Etymology of bomb

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

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bomb

verb

Definition of bomb

transitive verb
1 :to attack with or as if with bombs :bombard
  • The planes successfully bombed their target.
  • a bombed village
2 :to defeat decisively
3 a :to hit (a ball, puck, or shot) very hard
  • bomb a home run
  • bomb a long drive down the fairway
b :to score many runs against (a pitcher)
  • Allen tried a new slider pitch without success and was bombed in Cincinnati.
  • —Jack Lang
4 slang :to fail (a test)
  • I bombed my history exam.
intransitive verb
1 informal :to fall flat :to fail completely
  • The movie bombed at the box office.
  • a joke that bombed
2 informal :to move rapidly
  • a car bombing down the hill

bombing

noun
    • The city was subjected to heavy bombing during the war.
    • suicide bombings

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

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First Known Use of bomb

1688


British Definition of BOMB

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bomb

noun

British Definition of bomb

:a large sum of money
:a great success :hit

BOMB Defined for English Language Learners

bomb

noun

Definition of bomb for English Language Learners

  • : 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


bomb

verb

Definition of bomb for English Language Learners

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

  • : to fail completely

  • : to fail (a test)


BOMB Defined for Kids

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bomb

noun \ ˈbäm \

Definition of bomb for Students

1 :a hollow case or shell filled with explosive material
2 :a container in which something (as an insecticide) is stored under pressure and from which it is released in a fine spray
3 :something that is a complete failure
  • The new movie was a bomb.

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bomb

verb

Definition of bomb for Students

bombed; bombing
1 :to attack with bombs
2 :to fail completely
  • His comedy act bombed.


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