bomb·​er | \ ˈbä-mər How to pronounce bomber (audio) \

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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Wednesday’s attack in eastern Kabul took place when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives and other insurgents started a gun battle with security forces in the area, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. Rahim Faiez, The Seattle Times, "US airstrike reportedly kills dozens of Afghan civilians," 28 Nov. 2018 Mancunian Liam Gallagher performed Oasis classic ‘Live Forever’ in tribute to the 22 people who died when a suicide bomber detonated his device outside an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017. Houston Chronicle, "PV CONCERT LIST 0504," 2 May 2018 The bomber then detonated his explosives while still among the reporters, Stanekzai said, intentionally targeting journalists. New York Times,, "Trump should win Nobel Peace Prize, says South Korea president," 30 Apr. 2018 The latest violence to hit the country's capital occurred over the weekend, when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the gate of a voter registration center. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for April 23: Nashville shooting, North Korea, Kate Middleton," 23 Apr. 2018 Mir Ziaullah Langau, the provincial home minister, said the suicide bomber had walked up to the marketplace and killed both Shiites and Sunnis. Abdul Sattar, The Seattle Times, "Suicide bombing at open-air market in Pakistan kills 20," 12 Apr. 2019 Now, out of fuel over China, the bomber was doomed. Laura Hillenbrand, WSJ, "The Last of the Doolittle Raiders Is Gone," 11 Apr. 2019 The third way to deal with C-RAM systems is simply overwhelming targets with more bombers and more bombs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This New Air Defense System Can Intercept Aircraft-Dropped Bombs," 4 Apr. 2019 Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a major Afghan army base Friday, killing and wounding dozens of government troops, during a pause in talks between the insurgency and American officials on a negotiated end to the 17-year war. Craig Nelson, WSJ, "Taliban Attack Afghan Army Base During Lull in Peace Talks," 1 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce bomber (audio) \

Kids Definition of bomber

: an airplane specially made for dropping bombs

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