noun bom·bard \ˈbäm-ˌbärd\

Definition of BOMBARD

:  a late medieval cannon used to hurl large stones

Origin of BOMBARD

Middle English bombarde, from Middle French, probably from Latin bombus
First Known Use: 15th century

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


verb bom·bard \bäm-ˈbärd also bəm-\

: to attack (a place) with bombs, large guns, etc.

: to hit or attack (something or someone) constantly or repeatedly

Full Definition of BOMBARD

transitive verb
:  to attack especially with artillery or bombers
:  to assail vigorously or persistently (as with questions)
:  to subject to the impact of rapidly moving particles (as electrons)
bom·bard·ment \-mənt\ noun

First Known Use of BOMBARD


Synonym Discussion of BOMBARD

attack, assail, assault, bombard, storm mean to make an onslaught upon. attack implies taking the initiative in a struggle <plan to attack the town at dawn>. assail implies attempting to break down resistance by repeated blows or shots <assailed the enemy with artillery fire>. assault suggests a direct attempt to overpower by suddenness and violence of onslaught <commandos assaulted the building from all sides>. bombard applies to attacking with bombs or shells <bombarded the city nightly>. storm implies attempting to break into a defended position <preparing to storm the fortress>.

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
BOMBARDMENT Defined for Kids


verb bom·bard \bäm-ˈbärd\

Definition of BOMBARD for Kids

:  to attack with heavy fire from big guns :  shell <bombard a fort>
:  to hit or attack again and again <We were bombarded by ads.> <Smells he couldn't place bombarded him. — Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck>


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