Definition of bombard in US English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /bämˈbärd//bɑmˈbɑrd/
  • 1Attack (a place or person) continuously with bombs, shells, or other missiles.

    ‘the city was bombarded by federal forces’
    ‘supporters bombarded police with bottles’
    • ‘I wouldn't have been able to look away if terrorists were bombarding the room and announcing the end of the world, I was that enraptured.’
    • ‘The 1950s saw the illegal Suez operation, during which a British warship bombarded Port Said and killed several Egyptian civilians.’
    • ‘For a second night, the Marines called in a gunship to bombard insurgent positions.’
    • ‘They could bombard the city from the outskirts but could not occupy it without unacceptable losses.’
    • ‘Phipps moved four ships in close to shore to bombard the town, but caused little damage.’
    • ‘Helicopters and tanks bombarded the same towns around the city on Wednesday evening after similar gunfights led to the death of three soldiers.’
    • ‘One answer of course might be for the Allies to bombard the railway tracks leading to the death camps.’
    • ‘Another suburb in the north of the capital was bombarded.’
    • ‘It appeared US forces quickly took control after coalition warplanes bombarded the city and tanks rolled into the main square.’
    • ‘Albanian rebel-held villages were bombarded by government artillery.’
    • ‘Co-ordinated with a small parachute drop, it forced the Romanians to abandon the positions from which they were bombarding the port.’
    • ‘Two years ago, the major part of the war was all about bombarding us with smart bombs and high-tech missiles.’
    • ‘From my area we could see aeroplanes bombarding the centre of Santiago.’
    • ‘Government forces used mortars, helicopter gunships and airplanes to bombard rebel positions.’
    • ‘On 12 May 1982, FAS Skyhawks attacked the HMS Glasgow and HMS Brilliant while they were bombarding Port Stanley.’
    • ‘There was no immediate word on casualties after US warplanes and artillery bombarded the city.’
    • ‘The Hague Convention, Article Four, states that you are not allowed to bombard uninhabited villages or villages that are not occupied by defendants.’
    • ‘Further north, Tomahawk missiles bombarding the city heralded the beginning of the War.’
    • ‘Tanks rolled into the main square overnight after coalition warplanes bombarded the city.’
    • ‘The Nazi artillery dutifully shelled without mercy, and the Luftwaffe bombarded the streets relentlessly.’
    shell, torpedo, pound, blitz, strafe, pepper, fire at, fire on, bomb
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    1. 1.1 Assail (someone) persistently, as with questions, criticisms, or information.
      ‘they will be bombarded with complaints’
      • ‘But what about the TV commercials that incessantly bombard living rooms across America?’
      • ‘We are bombarded with too much information, but how much of it is really turned into knowledge?’
      • ‘Protesters fear the green light will be given to the proposal but have promised they will continue to bombard environment and health bosses with their concerns.’
      • ‘When Taylor got back she was bombarded with questions.’
      • ‘But the last thing I wanted to do was bombard her with millions of questions.’
      • ‘We are bombarded with information and the constant pressure of trying to keep up.’
      • ‘I'm bombarded with questions and statements and doubts and sympathy.’
      • ‘I'm always bombarded with questions after the session.’
      • ‘Tom was bombarded with questions and he was getting fed up.’
      • ‘As children we are bombarded with the question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’’
      • ‘Rosin feels that it's best to address the messages that bombard her students.’
      • ‘Today's children are bombarded with information from television, computers, and video games.’
      • ‘It had only been several days after she arrived that she was bombarded with questions as to when her husband was coming.’
      • ‘Denial of service attacks operate by bombarding a Web site with a huge amount of requests.’
      • ‘The last thing I want to do is bombard people with information too early.’
      • ‘With the Capital being bombarded by brand new radio stations, it was time to call out the old heroes this Tuesday morning.’
      • ‘As I was bombarded with more questions and exclamations, I could feel myself starting to lose my temper very fast.’
      • ‘From day one we are now bombarded with information like never before.’
      • ‘We are bombarded with information every waking moment!’
      • ‘The worm has programmed infected computers to bombard the web site with corrupt data from this Saturday with the intention of forcing it to crash.’
      inundate, swamp, flood, deluge, snow under
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    2. 1.2Physics Direct a high-speed stream of particles at (a substance).
      • ‘By 1910 Ernest Rutherford and his collaborators at Manchester had interrogated an atom by bombarding it with heavier particles.’
      • ‘The experimenters bombarded a thin gold foil with alpha particles (helium atoms without electrons).’
      • ‘When we examine protons closely by bombarding them with electrons, we find that they contain plenty of gluons and light quark-antiquark pairs.’
      • ‘A young scientist named Henry Moseley experimented with bombarding atoms of different elements with x rays.’
      • ‘These men experimented by bombarding uranium with neutrons.’


Pronunciation /ˈbɑmˌbɑrd//ˈbämˌbärd/
  • A cannon of the earliest type, which originally fired a stone ball.

    • ‘Yet for all the muskets, bombards, and cannon, Kelly appears more interested in the impact of gunpowder as a technological force driving deeper societal changes.’
    • ‘Early siege cannon, or bombards, were heavy and rested in a static mount.’
    • ‘In a short time, these small and ineffective weapons developed into massive bombards.’


Late Middle English (as a noun denoting an early form of cannon, also a shawm) from Old French bombarde, probably based on Latin bombus ‘booming, humming’ (see bomb). The verb (late 16th century) is from French bombarder.