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

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 Roughly 20 percent fail to properly detonate upon impact, leaving unexploded bomblets that can kill civilians even years later. Rick Gladstone And Nour Youssef, New York Times, "Egypt Is Using Banned U.S.-Made Cluster Munitions in Sinai, Rights Group Says," 28 Feb. 2018 But why would a space bomber carry all those gravity bomblets in zero gravity? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'The Last Jedi' Is the History of Human Warfare in Reverse," 20 Dec. 2017 Some of the bomblets can fail to detonate as designed, essentially making them de facto land mines that can explode long after a conflict has ended. Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Casualties From Cluster Bombs More Than Doubled Last Year, Treaty Monitor Says," 31 Aug. 2017 Launched from the ground or dropped from the air, cluster munitions consist of containers that open and disperse submunitions, or bomblets, that fan out and explode, killing or maiming without distinction between civilian and military targets. Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Casualties From Cluster Bombs More Than Doubled Last Year, Treaty Monitor Says," 31 Aug. 2017 About 130 square miles of the country are thought to be contaminated with these baseball-sized bomblets, dropped by the hundreds. Karen J. Coates, The Christian Science Monitor, "In call to cancel debt, Cambodia asks: When war is over, who cleans up the mess?," 16 Aug. 2017 Some of the missiles in the system are designed to deliver a single, 500-pound warhead on a target through the use of satellite guidance, while others distribute hundreds of smaller bomblets over a larger distance, according to the Army. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "U.S. Army and South Korean military respond to North Korea’s launch with missile exercise," 4 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bomblet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bomblet

1907, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bomblet

Dictionary Entries near bomblet

bombing run

bomb ketch

bomb lance





Statistics for bomblet

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bomblet

The first known use of bomblet was in 1907

See more words from the same year

Comments on bomblet

What made you want to look up bomblet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to corrupt or become corrupted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!