- 1Attack (a place or person) continuously with bombs, shells, or other missiles: the city was bombarded by federal forces supporters bombarded police with bottlesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Assail (someone) persistently, as with questions, criticisms, or information: they will be bombarded with complaints
- 1.2 Physics Direct a high-speed stream of particles at (a substance).More 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.
- A cannon of the earliest type, which originally fired a stone ball.More 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.