bombardier

bombardier

[bom-ber-deer, -buh-]
noun
1.
Military. the member of a bombing plane crew who operates the bombsight and bomb-release mechanism.
2.
History/Historical, artilleryman.

Origin:
1550–60; < Middle French; see bombard, -ier2

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Bombardier

[bom-ber-deer, -buh-, bom-bahr-dyey]
Trademark, Canadian.
a snowmobilelike vehicle driven by an internal-combustion engine, equipped with caterpillar tracks at the rear, steered by skis at the front, and designed for travel over snow.

Origin:
1945–50; after Canadian inventor and industrialist Armand Bombardier (died 1964), who designed it

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bombardier (ˌbɒmbəˈdɪə)
 
n
1.  the member of a bomber aircrew responsible for aiming and releasing the bombs
2.  (Brit) a noncommissioned rank below the rank of sergeant in the Royal Artillery
3.  Also called: bombardier beetle any of various small carabid beetles of the genus Brachinus, esp B. crepitans of Europe, which defend themselves by ejecting a jet of volatile fluid
 
[C16: from Old French: one directing a bombard; see bombard]

Bombardier (ˌbɒmbəˈdɪə)
 
n
(Canadian) trademark a snow tractor, typically having caterpillar tracks at the rear and skis at the front
 
[C20: named after J. A. Bombardier, Canadian inventor and manufacturer]

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bombardier
1550s, soldier with a bombard, from Fr. bombardier, from bombard (see bombard). In 17c.-18c. of soldiers who manned artillery (especially mortars and howitzers); meaning "one who aims the bombs in an aircraft" is attested 1932, Amer.Eng.
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