Definition of dive-bomb in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪvbɒm/


[with object]
1Bomb (a target) while diving steeply downwards in an aircraft: planes were dive-bombing the aerodrome
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  • The Blackburn Skua was the first British aircraft specifically designed for dive-bombing, but it could also serve as a fighter.
  • Army co-operation and close air support were in their infancy in the USA and dive-bombing seemed to be the answer.
  • But in Korea the Sabres were there to protect the fighters at low-level, while they were dive-bombing, Mahurin said.
1.1(Of a bird or flying insect) attack (something) by swooping down on it: the crow folded its wings and dive-bombed the vulture
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  • On a recent holiday to Italy, I sat in the main square in Sienna eating pizza surrounded by dive-bombing pigeons.
  • The bird squawked again, and dive-bombed the dog.
  • It looks like a normal fly but can smell sweat and dive-bombs any bare flesh.



Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪvˌbɒmə/
Example sentences
  • But the ship was sunk by Japanese dive-bombers in February 1942.
  • As far as I know, this was the only time in the history of the war that a dive-bomber attacked a rocket in the air.
  • When firing at an imaginary Stuka dive-bomber, my best arrow went onto the roof.

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