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bombardier

[bom-ber-deer, -buh-] /ˌbɒm bərˈdɪər, -bə-/
noun
1.
Military. the member of a bombing plane crew who operates the bombsight and bomb-release mechanism.
2.
History/Historical, artilleryman.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; < Middle French; see bombard, -ier2

Bombardier

[bom-ber-deer, -buh-, bom-bahr-dyey] /ˌbɒm bərˈdɪər, -bə-, ˌbɒm bɑrˈdyeɪ/
Trademark, Canadian.
1.
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/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from Old French: one directing a bombard; see bombard

Bombardier

/ˌbɒmbəˈdɪə/
noun
1.
trademark (Canadian) a snow tractor, typically having caterpillar tracks at the rear and skis at the front
Word Origin
C20: named after J. A. Bombardier, Canadian inventor and manufacturer
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Word Origin and History for bombardier
n.

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

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