cluster bomb

noun

Definition of cluster bomb

: a canister of small individual bombs that is dropped from an aircraft

Examples of cluster bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carrie Bradshaw style, why on earth would someone want to win back Lindsay, a cluster bomb of dashed expectations? Brian Moylan, Vulture, 11 Mar. 2021 Some of these weapons — including land mines and cluster bombs — had been rejected by many nations. John Ismay, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2020 Worse — for survivors — millions of those cluster bombs didn’t immediately explode but waited patiently for years or decades for a farmer or a child to complete their deadly mission. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2020 Last month, cluster bombs left over from the 2006 war killed a man and a boy. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2019 Last month, cluster bombs left over from the 2006 war killed a man and a boy. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2019 Israeli forces dropped cluster bombs, many of which failed to detonate, during the 2006 war with Hezbollah. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2019 Israeli forces dropped cluster bombs, many of which failed to detonate, during the 2006 war with Hezbollah. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2019 Lebanon still has a long way to go, particularly in the south, where mines and cluster bombs still kill and maim. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cluster bomb

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Cluster bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cluster%20bomb. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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cluster bomb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cluster bomb

: a type of bomb that is dropped from an airplane and that contains many small bombs

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