Definition of Bombard

1. Noun. A large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family.

Exact synonyms: Bombardon
Generic synonyms: Bass, Shawm

2. Verb. Cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile. "They pelted each other with snowballs"
Exact synonyms: Pelt
Specialized synonyms: Lapidate, Snowball, Egg
Generic synonyms: Throw
Derivative terms: Pelter, Pelting

3. Verb. Throw bombs at or attack with bombs. "The Americans bombed Dresden"

4. Verb. Address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage. "The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer"
Exact synonyms: Barrage
Generic synonyms: Assail, Assault, Attack, Lash Out, Round, Snipe
Derivative terms: Barrage, Barrage, Bombardment

5. Verb. Direct high energy particles or radiation against.
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Irradiate, Ray

Definition of Bombard

1. n. A piece of heavy ordnance formerly used for throwing stones and other ponderous missiles. It was the earliest kind of cannon.

2. n. See Bombardo.

3. v. t. To attack with bombards or with artillery; especially, to throw shells, hot shot, etc., at or into.

Definition of Bombard

1. Noun. a medieval primitive cannon, used chiefly in sieges for throwing heavy stone balls. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) a bassoon-like medieval instrument ¹

3. Verb. To attack something with bombs, artillery shells or other missiles or projectiles. ¹

4. Verb. (figuratively) To attack something or someone by directing objects at them. ¹

5. Verb. (physics) To direct at a substance an intense stream of high-energy particles, usually sub-atomic or made of at most a few atoms. ¹

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Definition of Bombard

1. to bomb [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: bomb

Medical Definition of Bombard

1. 1. A piece of heavy ordnance formerly used for throwing stones and other ponderous missiles. It was the earliest kind of cannon. "They planted in divers places twelve great bombards, wherewith they threw huge stones into the air, which, falling down into the city, might break down the houses." (Knolles) 2. A bombardment. 3. A large drinking vessel or can, or a leather bottle, for carrying liquor or beer. "Yond same black cloud, yond huge one, looks like a foul bombard that would shed his liquor." (Shak) 4. Padded breeches. Bombard phrase, inflated language; bombast. Origin: F. Bombarde, LL. Bombarda, fr. L. Bombus + -ard. Cf. Bumper, and see Bomb. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bombard

bomb around
bomb blast
bomb calorimeter
bomb it
bomb out
bomb rack
bomb shelter
bomb shelters
bomb site
bomb sites
bomb up
bombard (current term)
bombardier beetle
bombardier beetles

Literary usage of Bombard

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1. A Glossary; Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1867)
"Boman, therefore, must be supported, if at all, by some other passage. bombard. A sort of cannon. [Properly, large machines for casting heavy stones in the ..."

2. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1882)
"OF buire (F. turc), coarse red cloth. — L. burrus ; as above. Bombast, orig. cotton-wadding: hence, padding, affected language. (Ital. — L. — Bomb, bombard. ..."

3. The History of England by David Hume, Tobias George Smollett (1825)
"They bombard Dieppe, Havre-de-Grace, Dunkirk, and Calais—§ XLI. Admiral Russel sails for the Mediterranean, relieves Barcelona, and winters at Cadiz—§ XLII. ..."

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