Definition of bombard
: a late medieval cannon used to hurl large stones
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Origin and Etymology of bombard
Middle English bombarde, from Medieval French, probably from Latin bombus
First Known Use: 15th century
Examples of bombard in a sentence
The navy bombarded the shore.
Scientists bombarded the sample with X-rays.
The car was bombarded by rocks as it drove away from the angry crowd.
Did You Know?
In the late Middle Ages, a bombard was a cannon used to hurl large stones at enemy fortifications. Its name, which first appeared in English in the 15th century, derived via Middle French and Middle English from the Latin noun bombus (a word referring to the same device). The verb "bombard" blasted onto the scene in English in 1686, with an original meaning of "to attack especially with artillery"; as weapons technology improved throughout the centuries, such artillery came to include things like automatic rifles and bomber aircraft. Nowadays one can be bombarded figuratively in any number of ways, such as by omnipresent advertising messages or persistent phone calls.
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Definition of bombard for English Language Learners
: to attack (a place) with bombs, large guns, etc.
: to hit or attack (something or someone) constantly or repeatedly
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