bomb·​er | \ˈbä-mər \

Definition of bomber 

1 : one that bombs specifically : an airplane designed for bombing

3 : a skilled long-distance shooter in basketball

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According to police officer Zahoor Afridi, the candidate Ikramullah Gandapur from opposition leader Imran Khan's party, was returning home from a campaign event when the bomber struck in the city of Dera Ismail Khan, wounding him. Ishtiaq Mahsud, Fox News, "Suicide bomb kills election candidate, driver in Pakistan," 22 July 2018 As the gathering wrapped up and the clerics were about to disband, another suicide bomber struck near the site, killing seven people. Washington Post, "Peace in Afghanistan more elusive as Taliban shrug off talks," 11 July 2018 Flying at 60 feet was already dangerously low, but without backspin the Lancaster bombers would have to have flown even lower and faster. Hugh Hunt, Smithsonian, "How a British Engineer Made a Bomb That Could Bounce On Water," 17 May 2018 Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says the first suicide bomber struck a station in the western part of the city. Rahim Faiez, USA TODAY, "Three suicide bombers strike in Afghan capital; 6 wounded," 9 May 2018 The children had gathered around the NATO convoy for fun when the bomber struck, said Abdul Rahim Ayubi, a lawmaker from Kandahar. New York Times,, "Trump should win Nobel Peace Prize, says South Korea president," 30 Apr. 2018 Those cards were what people were lining up to get when the suicide bomber struck on Sunday. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 57 Afghans in Attack on Would-Be Voters," 22 Apr. 2018 The bombers likely launched cruise missiles from Jordanian territory. Author: Thomas Gibbons Neff, Anchorage Daily News, "Missile strikes are unlikely to stop Syria’s chemical attacks, Pentagon says," 19 Apr. 2018 Nearly a year ago, a bomber targeted an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, with an attack that killed 22 attendees, many of whom were young people. D. Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Covered an Ariana Grande Song at His Manchester Arena Concert to Honor Bombing Victims," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bomber

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bomber

: a military aircraft designed for dropping bombs

: a person who takes a bomb to a place so that it will explode there : a person who bombs a place


bomb·​er | \ˈbä-mər \

Kids Definition of bomber

: an airplane specially made for dropping bombs

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