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

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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 current process bombards uranium enriched in a fissile isotope, 235U, with high-velocity neutrons from a reactor. The Economist, "New ways to make molybdenum-99," 23 Nov. 2019 The current process bombards uranium enriched in a fissile isotope, 235U, with high-velocity neutrons from a reactor. The Economist, "New ways to make molybdenum-99," 21 Nov. 2019 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 Days later, he was bombarded with more than 100 texts and calls from his ex-wife Erika Sandoval. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Did a photograph posted on social media lead to a cop's death?," 6 Dec. 2019 The typical approach of a malaria-control programme is to bombard a country with bed nets and then use whatever cash remains for sporadic rounds of preventive medication. The Economist, "Tropical disease Malaria infections have stopped falling," 5 Dec. 2019 Inside the main lodge, I’m bombarded by the roar of fifty male voices meeting one another for the first time. Barrett Swanson, Harper's magazine, "Men at Work," 28 Oct. 2019 Cohen said he was bombarded by critics saying his dog was jealous of his son. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Andy Cohen hints at having a second baby, says Benjamin 'needs a sibling'," 16 Sep. 2019 The Topeka School trains the reader’s eye on the dramas and dangers of being a person—or a nation—enthralled, bombarded, and imprisoned by rhetoric. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "Boy, Uninterrupted," 10 Sep. 2019 Steube said he was also bombarded with calls from executives in the tourist industry who felt an extra hour of daylight could help business. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, "Ditch the switch? Call to go on permanent daylight saving time grows," 17 Aug. 2019 Authority members voted 8-0 on Monday to approve a resolution as a way to try and provide relief for Studio City residents and those who live in the south San Fernando Valley who say they have been bombarded with aircraft noise the past two years. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Hollywood Burbank Airport officials pass resolution asking FAA to change flight paths," 18 June 2019 The army said Thursday that planes bombarded a military compound and a weapons production facility in the northern Gaza Strip. Fox News, "Israel says its planes bombed militant targets in Gaza," 17 May 2018

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bombardment?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=b&file=bombar03. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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