bomb·​let | \ ˈbäm-lət How to pronounce bomblet (audio) \

Definition of bomblet

: a small bomb especially : one of the many small bombs that make up a cluster bomb

Examples of bomblet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clusters would separate during their descent and small parachutes would carry each bomblet to the ground. Brad Lendon And Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "History's deadliest air raid happened in Tokyo during World War II and you've probably never heard of it," 7 Mar. 2020 The bomblets were useful unprotected infantry troops and could knock out a tank or armored vehicle’s treads, weapons, or sensors, disabling it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Creating Artillery Rounds Guided By AI," 15 Aug. 2019 In January 2018, Moscow claimed that Syrian rebels sent 13 drones against the Russian airbases in the country -- each packed with about 10 bomblets that contained about half a kilogram of high explosives. Tim Lister, CNN, "The billions Saudi Arabia spends on air defenses may be wasted in the age of drone warfare," 19 Sep. 2019 The Army concluded that BZ could disable a small military unit in a compact space, and for a time produced stockpiles of volleyball-size BZ bomblets. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "James Ketchum, Who Conducted LSD Experiments on Soldiers, Dies at 87," 3 June 2019 The bombs or rockets release their payloads above a target, showering the area below with bomblets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army Is Using Robots to Dismantle Hazardous Rockets," 26 Feb. 2019 Unfortunately many of the bomblets in such weapons later went on to kill and maim civilians. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army Is Using Robots to Dismantle Hazardous Rockets," 26 Feb. 2019 Video distributed by Houthi media this month showed drones carrying out surveillance and dropping bomblets on positions on the Red Sea coast. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "With Much at Stake in Yemen Port, Coalition Puts Advance on Hold," 8 July 2018 Try the House Salad -- romaine, sunflower seeds and explosive salt bomblets of fried capers cosseted with goat cheese and a smooth balsamic vinaigrette. Beth Segal,, "Il Rione Pizzeria: A passion for pizza in Gordon Square," 11 May 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Bomblet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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