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Definition of bombard in English:


Pronunciation: /bɒmˈbɑːd/
[with object]
1Attack (a place or person) continuously with bombs, shells, or other missiles: the city was bombarded by federal forces
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  • Further north, Tomahawk missiles bombarding the city heralded the beginning of the War.
  • Two years ago, the major part of the war was all about bombarding us with smart bombs and high-tech missiles.
  • One answer of course might be for the Allies to bombard the railway tracks leading to the death camps.
shell, torpedo, pound, blitz, strafe, pepper, fire at/on, bomb;
assail, attack, assault, raid, batter, blast, pelt
archaic cannonade, fusillade
1.1Subject (someone) to a continuous flow of questions, criticisms, or information: they will be bombarded with complaints
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  • We are bombarded with information every waking moment!
  • I'm bombarded with questions and statements and doubts and sympathy.
  • From day one we are now bombarded with information like never before.
inundate, swamp, flood, deluge, snow under;
besiege, beset, belabour;
informal hassle
1.2 Physics Direct a stream of high-speed particles at (a substance).
Example sentences
  • A young scientist named Henry Moseley experimented with bombarding atoms of different elements with x rays.
  • The experimenters bombarded a thin gold foil with alpha particles (helium atoms without electrons).
  • These men experimented by bombarding uranium with neutrons.


Pronunciation: /ˈbɒmbɑːd/
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A cannon of the earliest type, which fired a stone ball or large shot.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with bombard

Assad, aubade, avant-garde, backyard, ballade, bard, Bernard, canard, card, charade, chard, couvade, croustade, Cunard, facade, glissade, guard, hard, ill-starred, interlard, lard, Montagnard, nard, pard, petard, pomade, promenade, regard, rodomontade, roulade, saccade, Sade, salade, sard, shard, unmarred, unscarred, yard
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