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bomb US English

A container filled with explosive, incendiary material, smoke, gas, or other destructive substance, designed to explode on impact or when detonated by a time mechanism, remote-control device, or lit fuse

bomb US Thesaurus

they saw bombs bursting on the runway

the bomb in bomb US English

Nuclear weapons considered collectively as agents of mass destruction

A-bomb US English

Short for atom bomb.

F-bomb US 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 US English

Another term for hydrogen bomb.

atom bomb US English

A bomb that 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 US English

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

bomb site US English

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

buzz bomb US English

A robot bomb, especially the German V-1 used during World War II

car bomb US English

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

dive-bomb US English

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

dot-bomb US English

An unsuccessful dot-com company

mail bomb US English

another term for letter bomb.

pipe bomb US English

A homemade bomb, the components of which are contained in a pipe

sex bomb US English

A woman who is very sexually attractive

time bomb US 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 US English

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

bomb squad US English

A division of a police force assigned to defuse explosive devices

carpet-bomb US English

Bomb (an area) intensively

dirty bomb US English

A nuclear weapon improvised from radioactive nuclear waste material and conventional explosives

flying bomb US English

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

fusion bomb US English

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

Google bomb US 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 US English

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

logic bomb US 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 US English

An oval hand grenade

parcel bomb US English

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

petrol bomb US 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 US English

A radio-controlled or laser-guided bomb, often with a built-in computer

smoke bomb US English

A bomb that emits dense smoke as it explodes, used to produce a smoke screen

stink bomb US English

A small bomb that emits a strong and unpleasant smell when exploded

bomb disposal US English

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

cluster bomb US English

A bomb that releases a number of projectiles on impact to injure or damage personnel and vehicles

fission bomb US English

Another term for atom bomb.

hydrogen bomb US 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 US English

A nuclear weapon that produces large numbers of neutrons rather than heat or blast like conventional nuclear weapons

plastic bomb US English

A bomb containing plastic explosive

bomb calorimeter US English

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

fragmentation bomb US English

A bomb designed to break into small fragments as it explodes

go down a bomb US English

Be very well received


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