Definition of bomber in English:



  • 1An aircraft designed to carry and drop bombs.

    • ‘They were supplied with weapons and air support from helicopter gunships and Antonov bombers.’
    • ‘In all, the bombing mission cost the Eighth Air Force 37 heavy bombers and six fighter aircraft.’
    • ‘In 200 escort missions to heavily defended targets, the Tuskegee Airmen never lost a bomber to an enemy fighter.’
    • ‘It had the most advanced fighter and bomber aircraft and the best trained crews.’
    • ‘Quite often, the enemy would provide important details on targets for Allied bombers and attack aircraft.’
    • ‘RAF bombers and fighter aircraft each needed different cloud conditions, as did the gliders and the Army favoured dry ground.’
    • ‘When it became obvious that the pilots could not control the bomber, the aircraft commander ordered a bale-out.’
    • ‘With new money came new and more lethal weapons: Antonov bombers, helicopter gunships, artillery cannons.’
    • ‘These forces are a mixture of assets that includes fighters, bombers, and support aircraft.’
    • ‘Squadron aircraft were the first bombers engaged in World War II and the last to fly missions in support of that war.’
    • ‘The most ambitious experiment used a large bomber with fighters carried above and below each wing and one under the fuselage on a trapeze.’
    • ‘The word spread and spread until a respected and reputable London newspaper reported that Australia had plans to send bomber aircraft to drop bombs on Jakarta.’
    • ‘Britain only had access to long range Blenheim bombers and fighters carried on Britain's aircraft carriers.’
    • ‘During the 1950s, nuclear weapons required large bomber aircraft designed specifically to carry these weapons to their target.’
    • ‘New fighters and bombers could be equipped with cameras to carry out the same reconnaissance with a much better chance of survival.’
    • ‘Then the atomic bomb came along, and two of them were dropped by air force bombers.’
    • ‘When Red Alert was published in 1958, the American nuclear force was carried by bomber aircraft.’
    • ‘The aircraft used are leading edge - bombers, tankers, fighter and cargo alike.’
    • ‘That meant that the bombers were RAF and we were being attacked by Japanese fighters.’
    • ‘Five fighters and two bombers were assigned a mission to drop propaganda leaflets on the city.’
  • 2A person who plants, detonates, or throws bombs in a public place, especially as a terrorist.

    • ‘It is now being reported that the three bombs that went off earlier today were detonated by suicide bombers.’
    • ‘The bomber detonated a truck full of explosives near the station.’
    • ‘Although they were bombers and terrorists, the fact they seemed otherwise well-adjusted posed a problem for the British government.’
    • ‘The conditions that tend to produce terrorists, suicide bombers etc. should be addressed and fixed.’
    • ‘These are the ones you really want to eliminate, since most of the known terrorists, being suicide bombers, have already eliminated themselves.’
    • ‘He tried to play on our fears about suicide bombers and terrorists, as if they were the only ‘evil’ things done in history.’
    • ‘Even Liberty, the civil liberty pressure group, accepts a shoot-to-kill policy to protect the public is needed when a suicide bomber looks set to detonate a bomb.’
    • ‘It was very unsettling - particularly since it's now claimed that the terrorists were suicide bombers.’
    • ‘And when the suicide bomber ran and detonated his bomb, they were there.’
    • ‘Rather than give up his explosives, the bomber detonated them, killing himself and the two robbers.’
    • ‘He's dealing with homegrown suicide bombers, not terrorists coming from outside the country.’
    • ‘I mean, your heart just goes out for what has happened there, these suicide terrorist bombers and the way people and children have to live now.’
    • ‘In the first attack on Saturday evening, two suicide bombers detonated 30 yards apart in a busy mall.’
    • ‘More worryingly, there was some evidence that one of the bombs was detonated by a suicide bomber.’
    • ‘Anyone who aids the terrorist bombers will be deemed accessories after the fact to Murder, and subject to the most serious penalties.’
    • ‘That's when a second bomber detonated his explosives.’
    • ‘A few hours later, a suicide bomber detonated a massive bomb, killing himself and at least three others.’
    • ‘Last week saw 23 car bombs, six of which were driven by suicide bombers, detonated throughout the country.’
    • ‘And he went after the terrorist bombers and he was able to stop them and to imprison them and to put a total halt to any such activity.’
    • ‘One of the bombers planted his 10 lbs of explosive on a train and timed it to go off at 8.51 am.’
  • 3informal A cigarette containing marijuana.

    • ‘I was in my neighbourhood in East Van, smoking a big fat bomber, and I had to go to the corner store.’
    cannabis cigarette, marijuana cigarette
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  • 4

    short for bomber jacket
    • ‘Paired with anything from a blazer to a bomber, suddenly old outfits have a whole new summer life to look forward to.’
    • ‘While the bomber was huge in the mid-'80s thanks to Top Gun, today's leather bombers are less rugged and more sophisticated.’