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bomb British & World English

A container filled with explosive or incendiary material, designed to explode on impact or when detonated by a timing, proximity, or remote-control device

bomb English Thesaurus

as they approached they saw bombs bursting on the runway

the bomb in bomb British & World English

Nuclear weapons considered collectively as agents of mass destruction

A-bomb British & World English

Short for atom bomb.

F-bomb British & World English

Used as a euphemism for the word ‘fuck’, with reference to the latter’s taboo status and potential to shock or offend

H-bomb British & World English

Another term for hydrogen bomb.

N-bomb British & World English

Used as a euphemism for the word ‘nigger’, with reference to the latter’s extreme offensiveness as a racial slur

atom bomb British & World English

A bomb which derives its destructive power from the rapid release of nuclear energy by fission of heavy atomic nuclei, causing damage through heat, blast, and radioactivity

bomb bay British & World English

A compartment in the fuselage of an aircraft in which bombs are held and from which they may be dropped

bomb site British & World English

An area in a town or city where the buildings have been destroyed by bombs

buzz bomb British & World English

Informal term for flying bomb.

car bomb British & World English

A bomb concealed in or under a parked car, used especially by terrorists

dive-bomb British & World English

Bomb (a target) while diving steeply downwards in an aircraft

dot-bomb British & World English

An unsuccessful dot-com company

mail bomb British & World English

A letter bomb

pipe bomb British & World English

A home-made bomb, the components of which are contained in a pipe

sex bomb British & World English

A woman who is very sexually attractive

time bomb British & World English

A bomb designed to explode at a preset time

car bomb New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen as verb)

bomb scare British & World English

An alert prompted by the suspicion that a bomb has been planted in a public place

bomb squad British & World English

A division of a police force appointed to investigate the planting and detonation of terrorist bombs

carpet-bomb British & World English

Bomb (an area) intensively

dirty bomb British & World English

A conventional bomb that contains radioactive material

flying bomb British & World English

A small pilotless aircraft with an explosive warhead, especially a V-1

fusion bomb British & World English

A bomb deriving its energy from nuclear fusion, especially a hydrogen bomb

Google bomb British & World English

An attempt to make a search term return a website for an unexpected person or organization when entered in a search engine (typically for satirical or humorous purposes) by the creation of numerous links to that website from pages including the search term

letter bomb British & World English

An explosive device hidden in a small package and sent to someone with the intention of harming or killing them

logic bomb British & World English

A set of instructions secretly incorporated into a program so that if a particular condition is satisfied they will be carried out, usually with harmful effects

Mills bomb British & World English

An oval hand grenade

parcel bomb British & World English

An explosive device hidden in a package and sent with the intention of causing death or injury to the recipient

petrol bomb British & World English

A crude bomb consisting of a bottle containing petrol and an improvised cloth wick that is ignited just before the bottle is thrown at the target

smart bomb British & World English

A radio-controlled or laser-guided bomb

smoke bomb British & World English

A bomb that emits dense smoke as it explodes

stink bomb British & World English

A small glass container holding a sulphurous compound that is released when the container is thrown to the ground and broken, emitting a strong and very unpleasant smell

bomb disposal British & World English

The defusing or removal and detonation of unexploded and delayed-action bombs

cluster bomb British & World English

A bomb which releases a number of projectiles on impact

fission bomb British & World English

Another term for atom bomb.

hydrogen bomb British & World English

An immensely powerful bomb whose destructive power comes from the rapid release of energy during the nuclear fusion of isotopes of hydrogen (deuterium and tritium), using an atom bomb as a trigger

neutron bomb British & World English

A nuclear weapon that produces large numbers of neutrons rather than heat or blast, and is consequently harmful to life but not destructive of property

plastic bomb British & World English

A bomb containing plastic explosive

bomb calorimeter British & World English

A thick-walled steel container used to determine the energy contained in a substance by measuring the heat generated during its combustion

go down a bomb British & World English

Be very well received


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