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 Some of these weapons — including land mines and cluster bombs — had been rejected by many nations. John Ismay, New York Times, "160 Nations Ban These Weapons. The U.S. Now Embraces Them.," 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, "In Paul Yoon’s ‘Run Me to Earth,’ three orphans struggle to survive in the deadliest place on earth," 28 Jan. 2020 Last month, cluster bombs left over from the 2006 war killed a man and a boy. Washington Post, "Lebanese clear civil war-era mines from famed cedar forests," 27 Sep. 2019 Last month, cluster bombs left over from the 2006 war killed a man and a boy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lebanese clear civil war-era mines from famed cedar forests," 27 Sep. 2019 Israeli forces dropped cluster bombs, many of which failed to detonate, during the 2006 war with Hezbollah. Washington Post, "Lebanese clear civil war-era mines from famed cedar forests," 27 Sep. 2019 Israeli forces dropped cluster bombs, many of which failed to detonate, during the 2006 war with Hezbollah. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lebanese clear civil war-era mines from famed cedar forests," 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, "Lebanese clear civil war-era mines from famed cedar forests," 27 Sep. 2019 The United States military dropped roughly 1,228 cluster bombs in Afghanistan between October 2001 and March 2002, according to a Human Rights Watch report from December 2002. New York Times, "Bombing Kills Dozens and Hurts Schoolchildren as Taliban Talks Resume," 1 July 2019

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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 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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