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 also bəm- How to pronounce bombard (audio) \
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

Synonyms for bombard

Synonyms: Verb

batter, blitz, blitzkrieg, bomb, cannonade, shell

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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: Noun

The nostalgia machine bombards fans with reboots, remakes, sequels, reunion specials, oral histories and on and on. Julie Kliegman, Washington Post, "Mathew Klickstein has made a career out of nostalgia. Now he’s satirizing our yearning for the past.," 14 Aug. 2019 So much heat and ultraviolet radiation bombards the planet's daytime side that molecules like methane cannot form—elements on that half of the world exist in atomic form. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Discover a Planet That’s As Hot As a Star," 6 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Comics enhance visual literacy Children are bombarded with images, advertisements and screen time on a daily basis. Los Angeles Times, "The case for comic books," 16 Aug. 2019 Last year he was bombarded with hundreds of text messages after he was doxxed, meaning personal information including his phone number was posted online. Suhauna Hussain, latimes.com, "Amid harassment complaints, YouTube says it will remove more white supremacist content," 5 June 2019 After paying $89,000, MariCar now offers customers the same experience, except that riders can’t wear Mario Kart-character onesies and are bombarded with signs distancing the company from Nintendo. Alex Ward, Vox, "What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man," 12 Dec. 2018 All those e-mails and phone calls we're bombarded with everyday can put a strain on your productivity and your brain. Fox News, "President Trump faces pivotal days at home and overseas," 6 July 2018 On July 11, dozens logged into Slack, the instant-messaging service used by the campaign's employees, and began bombarding Shakir with appeals to raise pay for field organizers. al.com, "Bernie Sanders campaign workers unionize, demand his promised $15-an-hour," 19 July 2019 If Trump could bombard the platform with the pure barrage of his personality, his truth, with no regard to facts or decency, then why the hell not Simpson? Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "O.J. Simpson Has a Little Bit of Getting Even to Do on Twitter," 5 July 2019 Fireworks Some 205 years ago, a lawyer and amateur poet named Francis Scott Key penned the nation’s anthem as rockets bombarded Fort McHenry from the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "5 ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Baltimore," 26 June 2019 There’s an on-site gift shop that sells Lego House exclusive sets — the Lego House and Tree of Creativity — and in keeping with the humble Lego approach, one is hardly bombarded with standard gift shop tchotchkes or offerings. Jerry Soverinsky, BostonGlobe.com, "How Lego House came to be: brick by brick," 18 June 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

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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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