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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At the heart of what little is known about the events in Panaca was the handwritten documentation left behind by the bomber. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019 According to the New York Times, the attacks, carried out by suicide bombers, were believed to be committed by a single group. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Over 200 Dead in Sri Lanka Bombings," 21 Apr. 2019 On Sunday, PTI candidate Ikramullah Gandapur was killed by a suicide bomber in an attack which also wounded four others. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "Pakistan’s 2018 election, explained," 25 July 2018 Journalists rushing to cover the first explosion were killed by a second bomber posing as a cameraman. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Twin Suicide Bombings in Afghanistan Kill 29, Including Journalists," 30 Apr. 2018 The same academy was also attacked in October last year by a suicide bomber who killed 15 officers. Rahim Faiez And Amir Shah, Houston Chronicle, "11 killed in ISIS attack on Afghan military academy," 29 Jan. 2018 Built by Boeing, the four-engine bomber was the United States’ primary weapon of destruction in the air campaign to annihilate cities and bring Nazi Germany to its knees. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "'Cold Blue' Shows the B-17 Bomber Like You've Never Seen It Before," 16 May 2019 The bomber, retailing for $299.99, is covered in silver sparkles and features hummingbird patches throughout. Colleen Kratofil,, "Feelin' Jovani! RHONY's Luann de Lesseps Designs $299 Cabaret-Inspired Jacket with the Brand," 13 June 2019 An indictment, in 2016, claimed that Khweis volunteered to be a suicide bomber, took religious training, and gave money to the Islamic State. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "America’s ISIS Members Are Coming Home," 11 June 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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