Definition of bomb in English:

bomb

Syllabification: bomb
Pronunciation: /bäm
 
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noun

  • 1A container filled with explosive, incendiary material, smoke, gas, or other destructive substance, designed to explode on impact or when detonated by a time mechanism, remote-control device, or lit fuse.
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    • The second night attack, which used high explosive and incendiary bombs alternately, caused the first man-made firestorm which affected an area of 22sq.km.
    • According to sources, dissident groups are now at work planning to plant bombs or detonate incendiary devices.
    • An exact mix of high explosive and incendiary bombs was used to start the kind of fires that burned Dresden.
    Synonyms
    explosive, incendiary (device); missile, projectile
    dated blockbuster, bombshell
  • 1.1 [with modifier] An explosive device fitted into a specified object: a package bomb See also car bomb, letter bomb.
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    • He made sure of that when he sent her a package bomb that blew off her hands and nearly killed her.
    • The building has been targeted before, and was the scene of a massive van bomb in 1993.
    • Recent attempted van bomb attacks were foiled in Derry and Belfast.
  • 1.2 (the bomb) Nuclear weapons considered collectively as agents of mass destruction: she joined the fight against the bomb
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    • Harry Truman, who made the decision to use it, shared with the electorate the opinion that the bomb was a legitimate weapon.
    • Let me say that I have a strong but constructive critique against parts of the traditional left with regard to their attitude to the bomb and nuclear power.
    • The age of the bomb, and of other weapons of mass destruction (chemical and biological) continues.
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  • 1.3A small pressurized container that sprays liquid, foam, or gas: the bug bombs we tried did not kill the cockroaches
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    • If we were their last hope as they stood over a ginormous liquid nitrogen bomb, wondering whether to cut the blue wire or the red wire, then I fear we have just lost a reader.
    • Furthermore, when the shoot is placed in a pressure bomb and is pressurized to the balance point, the meniscus can be seen to; Return to the cut surface of the open conduits.
    • The root water potential was measured by a PMS Model 600 pressure bomb.
  • 2 (also volcanic bomb) A lump of lava thrown out by a volcano.
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    • Everyone else gets going out of the way of the lava bombs and lava flows.
    • Fresh manure, too, dollops of it ramping over the concrete lip of the stall floor like lava bombs flung from a brown volcano.
    • The party ran out of the palace and looked up in the sky and saw a swarm of what looked like lava bees holding lava bombs.
  • 4A long forward pass or hit in a ball game: a big 40-yard bomb down the middle to tight end Howard Cross
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    • They nudged further ahead when Steve Prescott converted after Vaikona knocked forward a bomb to an off-side Lee Radford.
    • Passing the bomb between teammates and trying to setup plays is really cool!
    • Defenses learned how Williams could burn them deep, so they gave him a lot of room underneath to protect against the 40-yard bombs.
  • 5 (the (or da) bomb) US informal An outstandingly good person or thing: the site would really be da bomb if its content were updated more frequently
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    • But as it turns out, this cute little game is still da bomb.
    • I played using more of the lower register, which is totally DA BOMB on my violin, and I really need to do that more often.
    • He is simply ‘da Bomb’ where ladies are concerned.
  • 6 informal A marijuana cigarette.
  • 7 (a bomb) British informal A large sum of money: it will cost a bomb in call charges
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    • LCD televisions are all the rage, but a space-saving panel with a picture to rival your traditional set will cost a bomb.
    • They may be high fashion, and they may well cost a bomb, but they are, fundamentally, half your basic shell suit.
    • The show didn't cost a bomb and was in aid of a local charity for children.

verb

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  • 1 [with object] Attack (a place or vehicle) with a bomb or bombs: London was bombed, night after night (as noun bombing) a series of bombings
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    • In advance of the line of attack the Luftwaffe heavily bombed all road and rail junctions, and concentrations of Polish troops.
    • The next occasion Bangkok heard the drone of Allied bombers was 19 December when the dock area was bombed at night.
    • We strafed and bombed the city until 23,000 of them were dead.
    Synonyms
    bombard, blast, shell, blitz, strafe, pound; attack, assault; blow up, destroy, demolish, flatten, devastate
  • 2 [no object] informal (Of a movie, play, or other event) fail miserably: a big-budget movie that bombed at the box office he bombed out at several tournaments
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    • His first film bombed because it failed to live up to its name.
    • The hugely expensive film bombed so badly that one of Hollywood's most venerable companies, United Artists, was destroyed.
    • The distributors were not going to be happy, said the theatre manager, although since the film had bombed in Auckland they were probably not expecting too much.
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  • 3 [no object, with adverbial of direction] British informal Move very quickly: the bus came bombing along
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    • I have heard many a screeching of car breaks as the driver has been bombing along and come around the corner to meet a huge tractor.
    • Kevin Alderton is hoping to set the first-ever blind speed skiing record by bombing down a snowy slope at more than 100 mph.
    • It is the concern of the bank that prices have bombed along despite expectations to the contrary, he said.

Phrases

go down a bomb

British informal Be very well received: those gigs we did went down a bomb
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  • Made with black pudding supplied by Kendal butchers Watson & Woollard, the bread went down a bomb.
  • This is the sort of blend of real history mixed with a dash of naughtiness which seems to go down a bomb with the visitors.
  • They'd go down a bomb in Wimbledon, the bakers and their strawberry and cream tarts.

it looks like a bomb's hit it

informal Used to describe a place that is extremely messy or untidy in appearance.
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  • The room tidy bit doesn't always happen but then when it gets to looking like a bomb's hit it they are the ones who have to blitz it clean.
  • One villager said: ‘My kitchen looks like a bomb's hit it at the moment.
  • Look at it, it looks like a bomb's hit it, it looks like a wasteland, there's not even a sign of a tree.

Origin

late 17th century: from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus 'booming, humming', from Greek bombos, of imitative origin.

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