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

Examples of bomber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russia has reportedly been improving its bomber fleets and other long-range aircraft, forcing the U.S. Defense Department to consider its options for modernizing its infrastructure. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Air Force intercepting record number of Russian aircraft, Alaska-based lieutenant says," 30 Apr. 2021 When filming, the skaters go with a group and employ spotters at intersections to make sure cars won’t interrupt the bomber’s path. Wendi Jonassen, The New Yorker, "The Rush and Risk of Skateboarding San Francisco’s Hills," 29 Apr. 2021 Decades later, engineers built modernized celestial navigators, now about the size of a microwave oven, into the B-2 bomber and Trident missile. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy’s New Unhackable GPS Alternative: The Stars," 25 Apr. 2021 Just hours before the announcement of the postponement, a suicide bomber attacked a convoy of Afghan security personnel, wounding seven people in the capital Kabul. NBC News, "U.S.-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed as Taliban balk," 21 Apr. 2021 Each of those 3 Almaz space stations packed a 23mm cannon – originally the tail gun from a Tu-22 bomber – mounted on its belly. Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, "The World’s First Space Station Launched 40 Years Ago," 20 Apr. 2021 Roberts, stationed in the Philippines when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941, flew 14-hour missions in a patrol bomber over the Pacific Ocean in search of Japanese ships. Stephen Hudak,, "Reported dead 80 years ago, retired Navy Capt. ‘Robbie’ Roberts turns 107," 15 Apr. 2021 But launching long-range bomber or armed drone missions is risky and time-consuming, and not necessarily as effective in combating hostile targets that pop up suddenly or have time to move out of striking distance. New York Times, "Biden to Withdraw All Combat Troops From Afghanistan by Sept. 11," 13 Apr. 2021 Scott, an electrician’s mate on the destroyer escort USS Maloy, served in the U.S. Navy, as did Gene Elmore, another of the honorees, who was a B-24 bomber pilot. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Four WWII vets honored with plaque on Mount Soledad," 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bomber

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 May 2021

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“Bomber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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