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

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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 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

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First Known Use of bomblet

1907, in the meaning defined above

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