Meaning of BOMBARD in English


I. ˈbämˌbärd, -bȧd noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English bumbard, bombarde from Middle French bombarde, probably from Latin bombus deep hollow sound — more at bomb

1. : a late medieval cannon that hurled large stone balls

2. obsolete : a leather jug or bottle

3. : a large shawm

II. (ˈ)bäm|bärd, -bȧd also (ˈ)bəm- transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle French bombarder, from bombarde

1. : to attack with explosive projectiles or other explosive weapons : assault with cannon and other heavy ordnance ; especially : bomb

2. : to assail vigorously or persistently (as with questions or petitions)

bombarding the governor with pleas for leniency

3. : to subject (a body or substance) to the impact of rapidly moving particles (as electrons or alpha rays)

Synonyms: see attack

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