bombard

[v. bom-bahrd, buhm-; n. bom-bahrd]
verb (used with object)
1.
to attack or batter with artillery fire.
2.
to attack with bombs.
3.
to assail vigorously: to bombard the speaker with questions.
4.
Physics. to direct high energy particles or radiations against: to bombard a nucleus.
noun
5.
the earliest kind of cannon, originally throwing stone balls.
6.
Nautical, bomb ketch.
7.
an English leather tankard of the 18th century and earlier, similar to but larger than a blackjack.
8.
Obsolete. a leather jug.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English (noun) < Medieval Latin bombarda stone-throwing engine (Latin bomb(us) booming noise (see bomb) + -arda -ard)

bombarder, noun
bombardment, noun
unbombarded, adjective


3. beset, harass, hound, besiege.
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bombard
 
vb
1.  to attack with concentrated artillery fire or bombs
2.  to attack with vigour and persistence: the boxer bombarded his opponent with blows to the body
3.  to attack verbally, esp with questions: the journalists bombarded her with questions
4.  physics to direct high-energy particles or photons against (atoms, nuclei, etc) esp to produce ions or nuclear transformations
 
n
5.  an ancient type of cannon that threw stone balls
 
[C15: from Old French bombarder to pelt, from bombarde stone-throwing cannon, probably from Latin bombus booming sound; see bomb]
 
bom'bardment
 
n

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bombard
early 15c. (n.), 1590s (v.), from Fr. bombarder, from bombarde "mortar, catapult" (14c.), from bombe (see bomb). The same word, from the same source, was used in English and O.Fr. late 14c. in reference to the bass shawm, a bassoon-like musical instrument, preserving the "buzzing"
sense in the Latin.
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Example sentences
All year long, from every direction, surveys bombard students.
Energetic protons from deep space continuously bombard our planet and strike
  atoms in the upper layers of the atmosphere.
Bombard a tiny object with electrons, and you can create a large image with the
  focused beam.
To make atoms heavier than that, physicists must bombard uranium with neutrons,
  or squash smaller atoms together.
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