Origin and Etymology of bombard
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of bombard
bombardmentplay \-mənt\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of bombard from the Web
In the ER, hospital staff and police bombarded me with questions.
Just as the drug companies that make prescription opioids reached out to prescribing doctors, those responsible for sales of lawn foods keyed in on garden writers, bombarding them with material that reinforced the message.
Both boxers pressed Mayweather constantly, using roughhouse tactics on the border of legality, and bombarded Mayweather with punches, many from unorthodox angles.
After almost every one of my articles went out, I was bombarded by opinionated enthusiasts through Twitter, email, and even face-to-face.
Cole worked in an intelligence unit, patrolling the front lines and taking photos used to pinpoint suspected enemy positions that could be attacked or bombarded.
We are bombarded by chirpy, self-laudatory interruptions, expected to drop everything and cheer at any second.
As she’s bombarded with kids’ frantic questions, Bennett is Yoda, calmly dispensing knowledge.
After friends bombarded the director with praise of Sam's capacity to make people laugh, he was invited to try out.
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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.
First Known Use of bombard
Synonym Discussion of bombard
- plan to attack the town at dawn
- assailed the enemy with artillery fire
- commandos assaulted the building from all sides
- bombarded the city nightly
- preparing to storm the fortress
BOMBARD Defined for English Language Learners
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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