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[v. bom-bahrd, buh m-; n. bom-bahrd] /v. bɒmˈbɑrd, bəm-; n. ˈbɒm bɑrd/
verb (used with object)
to attack or batter with artillery fire.
to attack with bombs.
to assail vigorously:
to bombard the speaker with questions.
Physics. to direct high energy particles or radiations against:
to bombard a nucleus.
the earliest kind of cannon, originally throwing stone balls.
Nautical, bomb ketch.
an English leather tankard of the 18th century and earlier, similar to but larger than a blackjack.
Obsolete. a leather jug.
Origin of bombard
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (noun) < Medieval Latin bombarda stone-throwing engine (Latin bomb(us) booming noise (see bomb) + -arda -ard)
Related forms
bombarder, noun
bombardment, noun
unbombarded, adjective
3. beset, harass, hound, besiege. Unabridged
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  • Eighteen shells were fired, and the rebels were warned that the bombardment would become more intense.
  • It was the time of intense cold, of the bombardment, of epidemics and of famine.
  • Two days of regular siege and bombardment reduced the garrison to extremities.
  • The group's large, comfortable headquarters came under aerial bombardment.
  • For the crew of a destroyer, shore bombardment is an intimate affair.
  • To them the bombardment was as ordinary as going to an office.
  • They would then anchor to become steady gun platforms for the shore bombardment.
  • On board one of the battleships was an official photographer who recorded pictures during the bombardment.
  • And the ideological bombardment they are now subjected to no longer helps them accept matters as they are.
  • Admittedly, the bombardment of facts may overwhelm some readers.
British Dictionary definitions for bombardment


verb (transitive) (bɒmˈbɑːd)
to attack with concentrated artillery fire or bombs
to attack with vigour and persistence: the boxer bombarded his opponent with blows to the body
to attack verbally, esp with questions: the journalists bombarded her with questions
(physics) to direct high-energy particles or photons against (atoms, nuclei, etc) esp to produce ions or nuclear transformations
noun (ˈbɒmbɑːd)
an ancient type of cannon that threw stone balls
Derived Forms
bombardment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French bombarder to pelt, from bombarde stone-throwing cannon, probably from Latin bombus booming sound; see bomb
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Word Origin and History for bombardment



early 15c., "catapult, military engine for throwing large stones," from Middle French bombarde "mortar, catapult" (14c.), from bombe (see bomb (n.)). The same word, from the same source, was used in English and French late 14c. in reference to the bass shawm, a bassoon-like musical instrument, preserving the "buzzing" sense in the Latin.


1590s, from French bombarder, from bombarde "mortar, catapult" (see bombard (n.)). Figurative sense by 1765. Related: Bombarded; bombarding.

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