bombard

noun
bom·​bard | \ ˈbäm-ˌbärd How to pronounce bombard (audio) \

Definition of bombard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a late medieval cannon used to hurl large stones

bombard

verb
bom·​bard | \ bäm-ˈbärd How to pronounce bombard (audio) also bəm- \
bombarded; bombarding; bombards

Definition of bombard (Entry 2 of 2)

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 (such as electrons)

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Verb

bombardment \ bäm-​ˈbärd-​mənt How to pronounce bombardment (audio) \ noun

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Verb

attack, assail, assault, bombard, storm mean to make an onslaught upon. attack implies taking the initiative in a struggle. plan to attack the town at dawn assail implies attempting to break down resistance by repeated blows or shots. assailed the enemy with artillery fire assault suggests a direct attempt to overpower by suddenness and violence of onslaught. Commandos assaulted the building from all sides. bombard applies to attacking with bombs or shells. bombarded the city nightly storm implies attempting to break into a defended position. preparing to storm the fortress

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Verb

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.

Examples of bombard in a Sentence

Verb 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This happened again and again, allowing periodic blasts of extreme radiation to bombard the planet. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Epic Siberian Journey to Solve a Mass Extinction Mystery," 6 July 2020 When the attack is performed in unison with other devices, the lengthy callbacks bombard the site with a torrent of junk traffic. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "UPnP flaw exposes millions of network devices to attacks over the Internet," 11 June 2020 Just a few days ago, residents of the swath of southwest Minneapolis known as the Fifth Precinct were bombarded by the sound of sirens. Akane Otani And Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "After Riots, One Minneapolis Neighborhood Begins to Recover," 3 June 2020 American Horror Story fans are used to being bombarded by an onslaught of teasers for the forthcoming season. Nick Romano, EW.com, "New American Horror Story season 10 'clue' revealed by Ryan Murphy," 27 May 2020 Instead of bombarding targets on land, the Zumwalt will take on the role of stealthy ship-killer. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After Nearly 4 Years in Service, the USS Zumwalt Is Almost Ready To Fight," 30 Mar. 2020 When Anchorage’s city government unleashed its new SAP payroll software on Sept. 11, 2017, it was bombarded by unforeseen errors on employees’ paychecks. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Payroll software settlement with Anchorage firefighters union costs city an estimated $2 million," 15 Dec. 2019 Instead of bombarding your mind with information, use these opportunities to clear your mind with a short breathing exercise. Brad Ridout, Quartz, "Seven ways to deal with smartphone stress," 13 Nov. 2019 In theory, the attacks meant a single home computer with a 100 megabit-per-second upload capacity was capable of bombarding a target with a once-unimaginable 5Tb per second of traffic. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Protocol found in webcams and DVRs is fueling a new round of big DDoSes," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bombard

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bombard

Noun

Middle English bombard, bumbard, borrowed from Middle French bombarde, probably from an onomatopoeic base bomb- + -arde -ard — more at bomb entry 1

Note: As with bomba, bombe, etc. (see note at bomb entry 1), the origin and diffusion of bombarda, bombarde, etc., remain incompletely elucidated. French bombarde, in reference to an engine of war, appears in the Vrayes chroniques of Jean le Bel, a history of the Hundred Years War begun in 1357 (see Dictionnaire du Moyen Français, online) and in the accounts of the Valenciennes city clerk Nicole de Dury from 1363 (see H. Caffiaux, Nicole de Dury, maître clerc de la ville de Valenciennes 1361-1373, Valenciennes, 1866, p. 103). Italian bombarda may be dependent on the French word, given that the earliest use of the word is in reference to artillery used at the battle of Crécy in 1346 (in the final book of the Nuova Cronica of Giovanni Villani, who died in 1348; manuscripts containing the final book are significantly later). The 1311 date given for bombarda in Trésor de la langue française, Cortelazzo and Zolli's Dizionario etimologico della lingua italiana, and a number of earlier sources from which they draw (as the Enciclopedia Italiana) is incorrect; the text in question, the Polystorio or Polyhistoria by Niccolò da Ferrara (not Bartolomeo da Ferrara), alludes to events of 1311 but was written sometime after 1367, when the chronicle ends, at the court of Niccolò II d'Este, marquess of Ferrara from 1361 (cf. Richard Tristano, "History 'Without Scruple': The Enlightenment Confronts the Middle Ages in Renaissance Ferrara," Medievalia et Humanistica, new series, no. 38 [2012], p. 85). Spanish lombarda, attested about 1400, is clearly a folk-etymologizing of bombarda (pace Coromines' etymology in Diccionario crítico-etimológico castellano e hispánico, which does not take account of the earlier French forms).

Verb

earlier, "to fire a large cannon," borrowed from Middle French bombarder, verbal derivative of bombarde bombard entry 1

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“Bombard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bombard. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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bombard

verb
How to pronounce bombard (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bombard

: to attack (a place) with bombs, large guns, etc.
: to hit or attack (something or someone) constantly or repeatedly

bombard

verb
bom·​bard | \ bäm-ˈbärd How to pronounce bombard (audio) \
bombarded; bombarding

Kids Definition of bombard

1 : to attack with heavy fire from big guns : shell bombard a fort
2 : to hit or attack again and again We were bombarded by ads. Smells he couldn't place bombarded him.— Brian Selznick,

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