Definition of bombsight in US English:



  • A mechanical or electronic device used in an aircraft for aiming bombs.

    • ‘Flying at 14,000 feet, their new Mark XIV bombsight gave them an excellent target to aim at.’
    • ‘The navigator has a bombsight and celestial data as a guide.’
    • ‘Army Air Forces planners in World War II hoped to achieve unprecedented bombing accuracy with the Norden bombsight.’
    • ‘After we decided the thing was not going to burn, the bombardier got in the nose to take out the bombsight and I got in the cockpit to get the classified papers.’
    • ‘The armorer-gunner reported the guns appeared serviceable; the bombsight and the automatic pilot also checked out as serviceable.’
    • ‘During World War II, optical photoreconnaissance was the answer to finding and destroying military targets through optical images and bombsights.’
    • ‘We had a very intense crosswind on this particular heading, and by the time I had fully engaged the bombsight we had drifted considerably south of my chosen position.’
    • ‘Norden bombsights were replaced by 20 cent improvised models to prevent the secret devises from falling into enemy hands.’
    • ‘Then he'd look through the Norden bombsight, bouncing in his seat from the flak bursts, release the bombs and utter ‘bombs away’.’
    • ‘Professor James Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes's mortal enemy, wants to get his hands on a revolutionary new bombsight.’
    • ‘However, unlike the Allies' atomic bomb, electronic warfare, or Norden bombsight, the Germans were unable to reap benefits from their investment.’
    • ‘So I'm turning my bombsight in for the duration.’
    • ‘Because the Bristol fighters that equipped many of the units flying air control lacked bombsights, only very low-level attacks came close to the target.’
    • ‘He invented an automatic bombsight patented by the USA and in 1936 designed an all-metal trainer and high-speed fighter.’
    • ‘An observer leans over the fuselage of an aircraft to use a Mark 1-A bombsight, the first one designed for aircraft use.’
    • ‘On another night, they cruise in a bomber over Kandahar, one flying the aircraft, the other with his eyes glued to a bombsight.’
    • ‘Toward the end of the war, electronic bombsights, which could aim through clouds, gave American bombers some precision-bombing capability.’
    • ‘As the sergeant/bombardier adjusted his bombsight for drift, the pilot followed it with small turn corrections to keep the needle centered.’
    • ‘The Norden bombsight from World War II was supposedly accurate enough to place a bomb in a pickle barrel from 20,000 feet.’
    • ‘Tobin has developed a bombsight which is believed will make the difference in the war, and could cause untold damage to England should it fall into Nazi hands.’