Definition of bombardier in English:

bombardier

Line breaks: bom¦bard|ier
Pronunciation: /ˌbɒmbəˈdɪə
 
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noun

  • 1A rank of non-commissioned officer in certain artillery regiments, equivalent to corporal.
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    • Equivalent ranks in the Royal Artillery are lance-bombardier and bombardier, harking back to the ancient rank of bombardier, a species of trained artilleryman.
    • Mr Hornby, a bombardier in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War, was ordered on a perilous mission while acting as a dispatch rider in Italy.
    • Harold Ings, 86, a bombardier with the Royal Artillery was one of the soldiers whose unit was surrounded by Germans in occupied France.
  • 2A member of a bomber crew in the US air force responsible for aiming and releasing bombs.
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    • After World War II begins, Zinn decides to enlist in the Air Force as a bombardier even though his navy yard job would have provided an exemption.
    • Here we were subjected to another physical and now had to take a battery of tests to determine whether we would be pilots, navigators or bombardiers.
    • Rather, the aircraft dropped it as a normal bomb, then the bombardier guided its steep descent by radio remote control.

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting a soldier in charge of a bombard, an early form of cannon): from French, from Old French bombarde 'cannon' (see bombard).

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