Definition of cluster bomb in US English:

cluster bomb

noun

  • A bomb that releases a number of projectiles on impact to injure or damage personnel and vehicles.

    • ‘Armed with 1,000 pound high explosive and cluster bomb warheads, the missiles have ranges of 500-700 kilometers.’
    • ‘The sole instance that bears a distinct resemblance to modern techniques is the scorpion bomb - the very name conjures an image of a cluster bomb delivering stinging poisonous fragments onto the enemy.’
    • ‘I also saw a man with extensive burns on his upper body and wounds in his thighs that might have been from a cluster bomb.’
    • ‘Each cluster bomb contains 202 sub-munitions, of which approximately 20% do not explode upon impact.’
    • ‘Cluster bomb footprints can be identified and mapped by the detection of bomblets, side panels and spiders from cluster bomb strikes.’
    • ‘It said the rocket was designed as a conventional cluster bomb, which would scatter explosive submunitions over its target, and not as a chemical weapon.’
    • ‘And there are two hundred individual little bomblets for every cluster bomb.’
    • ‘The massive spending by all nations on armaments and hideous weapons like cluster bombs, land mines, etc, must be questioned.’
    • ‘A white phosphorus bomb fired from a helicopter or mortar distributes the substance in a wide area, much like a cluster bomb.’
    • ‘The fragments of shrapnel from a cluster bomb were picked from his chest.’
    • ‘As a result, every cluster bomb leaves some unexploded ordnance.’
    • ‘Others were walking in their fields and accidentally stepped on an unexploded bomblet from a cluster bomb.’
    • ‘The young man lost his life to an unexploded cluster bomb.’
    • ‘Depending on the type of cluster bomb used, up to 650 bomblets can be released from each cluster bomb.’
    • ‘One of the closest calls we had was actually when a Marine stepped on a bomblet from a cluster bomb.’

Pronunciation

cluster bomb

/ˈkləstər ˌbäm//ˈkləstər ˌbɑm/