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Meaning of BOMBARD

Pronunciation:  bâm'bârd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
  2. [v]  throw bombs at or attack with bombs; "The Americans bombed Dresden"
  3. [v]  cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile; "They pelted each other with snowballs"

BOMBARD is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bomb, bombardon, pelt
 See Also: assail, atom-bomb, atomise, atomize, attack, bass, blast, bomb out, dive-bomb, egg, firebomb, glide-bomb, hydrogen-bomb, lapidate, letter-bomb, nuke, pattern-bomb, shawm, shell, skip-bomb, snowball, strafe, throw, zap



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bom"bard\, n. [F. bombarde, LL. bombarda, fr. L. bombus
    + -ard. Cf. {Bumper}, and see {Bomb}.]
    1. (Gun.) A piece of heavy ordnance formerly used for
       throwing stones and other ponderous missiles. It was the
       earliest kind of cannon.
             They planted in divers places twelve great bombards,
             wherewith they threw huge stones into the air,
             which, falling down into the city, might break down
             the houses.                           --Knolles.
    2. A bombardment. [Poetic & R.] --J. Barlow.
    3. A large drinking vessel or can, or a leather bottle, for
       carrying liquor or beer. [Obs.]
             Yond same black cloud, yond huge one, looks like a
             foul bombard that would shed his liquor. --Shak.
    4. pl. Padded breeches. [Obs.]
    {Bombard phrase}, inflated language; bombast. [Obs.] --B.
  2. \Bom"bard\, n. [OE. bombarde, fr. F. bombarde.] (Mus.)
    See {Bombardo}. [Obs.]
  3. \Bom*bard"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bombarded}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Bombarding}.]
    To attack with bombards or with artillery; especially, to
    throw shells, hot shot, etc., at or into.
          Next, she means to bombard Naples.       --Burke.
          His fleet bombarded and burnt down Dieppe. --Wood.
Thesaurus Terms
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