mail bomb

Also called e-mail bomb. a very large number of e-mails sent to a single e-mail address or computer network, usually causing a server or system crash.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
Also, mail-bomb. to send a mail bomb to (an e-mail address or computer network).

1970–75 Unabridged


Military. a projectile, formerly usually spherical, filled with a bursting charge and exploded by means of a fuze, by impact, or otherwise, now generally designed to be dropped from an aircraft.
any similar missile or explosive device used as a weapon, to disperse crowds, etc.: a time bomb; a smoke bomb.
Also called volcan·ic bomb·. Geology. a rough spherical or ellipsoidal mass of lava, ejected from a volcano and hardened while falling.
Football. a long forward pass, especially one to a teammate who scores a touchdown.
Slang. an absolute failure; fiasco: The play was a bomb and closed after two performances. flop, dud, bust, washout.
Computers. a spectacular program failure or system failure.
Slang. the bomb, something that is excellent or very impressive: Her boyfriend is the bomb.
Chiefly British Slang. an overwhelming success: The novel is selling like a bomb.
Jazz. a sudden, unexpected accent or rhythmic figure played by a drummer during a performance.
a lead or lead-lined container for transporting and storing radioactive materials.
the bomb.
nuclear weapons collectively.
Slang. a powerful automobile or other vehicle.
Slang. something unpleasant that is unexpected or shocking (often used in combination with the first letter of an offensive or unmentionable word, as in f-bomb; s-bomb; n-bomb ): He's always dropping the f-bomb. Then came the bomb about the staff cuts. bombshell, shocker, kicker, surprise, bolt from the blue.
Slang. something unauthorized or illegal that is executed in a stealthy manner, typically having an overwhelming or sensational effect (used in combination, as in mail bomb; graffiti bomb ).
verb (used with object)
to hurl bombs at or drop bombs upon, as from an airplane; bombard: The enemy planes bombed the city.
to explode by means of a bomb or explosive.
Computers. to deliberately cause (a computer system) to fail with a program written for the purpose.
verb (used without object)
to hurl or drop bombs.
to explode a bomb or bombs.
Slang. to spray-paint graffiti over many surfaces in an area, working quickly and using simple forms and designs: He made his reputation bombing on the east side of town.
Slang. to be or make a complete failure, especially to fail to please or gain an audience; (sometimes followed by out ): His last play bombed on Broadway. The business bombed out with a $25,000 debt. fail, flop.
(of a computer program or system) to fail spectacularly.
Informal. to move very quickly: They came bombing through here on their motorcycles at 2 a.m.

1580–90; earlier bom(b)e < Spanish bomba (de fuego) ‘ball (of fire)’, akin to bombo ‘drum’ < Latin bombus ‘a booming sound’ < Greek bómbos

bombable, adjective

balm, bomb. Unabridged
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bomb (bɒm)
1.  a.  a hollow projectile containing an explosive, incendiary, or other destructive substance, esp one carried by aircraft
 b.  (as modifier): bomb disposal; a bomb bay
 c.  (in combination): a bombload; bombproof
2.  any container filled with explosive: a car bomb; a letter bomb
3.  the bomb
 a.  a hydrogen or atomic bomb considered as the ultimate destructive weapon
 b.  slang something excellent: it's the bomb
4.  a round or pear-shaped mass of volcanic rock, solidified from molten lava that has been thrown into the air
5.  med a container for radioactive material, applied therapeutically to any part of the body: a cobalt bomb
6.  slang (Brit) a large sum of money (esp in the phrase make a bomb)
7.  slang (US), (Canadian) a disastrous failure: the new play was a total bomb
8.  slang (Austral), (NZ) an old or dilapidated motorcar
9.  American football a very long high pass
10.  (in rugby union) another term for up-and-under
11.  informal (Brit), (NZ) like a bomb with great speed or success; very well (esp in the phrase go like a bomb)
12.  to attack with or as if with a bomb or bombs; drop bombs (on)
13.  informal (intr; often foll by off, along, etc) to move or drive very quickly
14.  slang (intr) See also bomb out to fail disastrously; be a flop: the new play bombed
[C17: from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus a booming sound, from Greek bombos, of imitative origin; compare Old Norse bumba drum]

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Word Origin & History

1580s, from Fr. bombe, from It. bomba, probably from L. bombus "a deep, hollow noise; a buzzing or booming sound," from Gk. bombos "deep and hollow sound," echoic. Originally of mortar shells, etc.; modern sense of "explosive device placed by hand or dropped from airplane" is 1909. Meaning "old car"
is from 1953. Meaning "success" is from 1954 (late 1990s slang the bomb "the best" is probably a fresh formation); opposite sense of "a failure" is from 1963. The bomb "atomic bomb" is from 1945. Bomber as a type of military aircraft is from 1917. Bombed "drunk" is from 1959.
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