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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Western Pakistan lacked the strategic depth necessary to enable the main bases to be located out of the effective range of enemy bombers. Raghvendra Singh, Quartz India, "What Britain gained by partitioning the subcontinent into India and Pakistan," 9 Aug. 2019 During the secret mission, two in-flight explosions rocked his bomber aircraft, killing both pilots, according to the JFK Presidential Library. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Death of Saoirse Kennedy Hill is the latest in a long list of tragedies for the Kennedy family," 2 Aug. 2019 The third was Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "Trucker who joked about killing daughter in Texas faces federal execution after long hiatus," 1 Aug. 2019 Among the most high-profile cases was Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, in 2001, and Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, in 1953. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Resumption of federal death penalty has implications for two prisoners convicted of crimes in Illinois," 25 July 2019 The Clinton administration began scheduling executions in 1995, though the first one wouldn’t take place until 2001, when the government executed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We Are All Executioners Now," 25 July 2019 Those same shows had been talking a lot about patriotism lately, The Post reported, in large part because the federal trial against Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh had been moved to Denver. Gillian Brockell,, "A national anthem protest ruined Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s NBA career. Now he’s being honored by LSU.," 23 July 2019 In 1959, while Dwight was a bomber pilot at Travis Air Force Base in California, a young Navy psychologist named Robert Voas was busy losing his car in the Pentagon’s vast parking lot. Emily Ludolph, New York Times, "Ed Dwight Was Set to Be the First Black Astronaut. Here’s Why That Never Happened.," 16 July 2019 Since a pack of suicide-bombers, claiming to act in the name of Islam, killed 261 people on Easter morning, Sri Lanka’s 2m Muslims have collectively felt that turn. The Economist, "“Us” v “them” in South Asia," 29 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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