cluster bomb

noun

Definition of cluster bomb 

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

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In 2008, diplomats from 111 nations meeting in Dublin formally adopted a landmark treaty banning cluster bombs. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 30 May 2018 And as of last year, Human Rights Watch has documented at least 16 attacks in which the coalition has used cluster bombs banned under international law. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "As Saudi Arabia played at the World Cup, the country launched a massive attack on Yemen," 14 June 2018 Friday's government attack on Kafr Batna was with cluster bombs, napalm-like incendiary weapons, and conventional explosives, the Observatory said. Philip Issa And Bassem Mroue, chicagotribune.com, "In Syria, at least 100 killed in attacks as more people flee," 16 Mar. 2018 The attack on Kafr Batna was with cluster bombs, napalm-like incendiary weapons, and conventional explosives, the Observatory said. Philip Issa, BostonGlobe.com, "In Syria, at least 100 killed in attacks in single day," 16 Mar. 2018 In one such area, Syrian regime cluster bombs have been hitting Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus. Dennis Ross, WSJ, "Trump Leads From Behind in Syria," 5 Dec. 2017 The same strategy was used by proponents of the treaties that banned chemical and biological weapons, land mines and cluster bombs. Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Group Opposing Nuclear Weapons," 6 Oct. 2017

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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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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