Meaning of BOMB in English

BOMB

/ bɒm; NAmE bɑːm/ noun , verb

■ noun

1.

[ C ] a weapon designed to explode at a particular time or when it is dropped or thrown :

a bomb attack / blast / explosion

a bomb goes off / explodes

extensive bomb damage

Hundreds of bombs were dropped on the city.

—see also dirty bomb

2.

the bomb [ sing. ] nuclear weapons ( atomic or hydrogen bombs) :

countries which have the bomb

3.

a bomb [ sing. ] ( BrE , informal ) a lot of money :

That dress must have cost a bomb!

4.

a bomb [ sing. ] ( NAmE , informal ) a complete failure :

The musical was a complete bomb on Broadway.

5.

( NAmE ) ( in American football ) a long forward throw of the ball

6.

( NAmE ) a container in which a liquid such as paint or insect poison is kept under pressure and released as a spray or as foam :

a bug bomb (= used for killing insects)

IDIOMS

- be the bomb

- go down a bomb | go (like) a bomb

- go like a bomb

■ verb

1.

[ vn ] to attack sb/sth by leaving a bomb in a place or by dropping bombs from a plane :

Terrorists bombed several army barracks.

The city was heavily bombed in the war.

2.

[ v + adv. / prep. ] ( BrE , informal ) to move very fast, especially in a vehicle, in a particular direction :

They were bombing down the road at about 80 miles an hour.

3.

( NAmE , informal ) to fail a test or an exam very badly :

[ vn ]

The exam was impossible! I definitely bombed it.

[also v ]

4.

[ v ] ( informal ) ( of a play, show, etc. ) to fail very badly :

His latest musical bombed and lost thousands of dollars.

PHRASAL VERBS

- be bombed out (of sth)

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WORD ORIGIN

late 17th cent.: from French bombe , from Italian bomba , probably from Latin bombus booming, humming, from Greek bombos , of imitative origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.