• WordNet 3.6
    • v bombard direct high energy particles or radiation against
    • v bombard address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage "The speaker was barraged by an angry audience","The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer"
    • v bombard throw bombs at or attack with bombs "The Americans bombed Dresden"
    • v bombard cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile "They pelted each other with snowballs"
    • n bombard a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bombard A bombardment.
    • Bombard A large drinking vessel or can, or a leather bottle, for carrying liquor or beer. "Yond same black cloud, yond huge one, looks like a foul bombard that would shed his liquor."
    • Bombard (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."
    • Bombard Padded breeches.
    • n Bombard (Mus) See Bombardo.
    • v. t Bombard To attack with bombards or with artillery; especially, to throw shells, hot shot, etc., at or into. "Next, she means to bombard Naples.""His fleet bombarded and burnt down Dieppe."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bombard The name generally given in Europe to the cannon during the first century of its use. The earliest bombards were more like mortars than modern cannon, throwing their shot (originally stone balls) at a great elevation; many were open at both ends, the shot being introduced at the breech, which was afterward stopped by a piece wedged or bolted into place.
    • n bombard See bombardelle.
    • n bombard A small vessel with two masts, like the English ketch, used in the Mediterranean; a bomb-ketch.
    • n bombard A large leathern jug or bottle for holding liquor. See black-jack, 1.
    • n bombard Figuratively, a toper.
    • n bombard A medieval musical instrument of the oboe family, having a reed mouthpiece and a wooden tube. The name was properly applied to a large and low-pitched instrument (whence the name bombardon for a heavy reed-stop in organ-building); but it was also used for small instruments of the same class, which were known as basset-bombards and bombardi piccoli.
    • n bombard plural A style of breeches worn in the seventeenth century, before the introduction of tight-fitting knee-breeches. They reached to the knee, and were probably so named because they hung loose and resembled the leathern drinking-vessels called bombards.
    • n bombard [From the verb.] An attack with bombs; a bombardment.
    • bombard To fire off bombards or cannon.
    • bombard To cannonade; attack with bombs; fire shot and shell at or into; batter with shot and shell.
    • bombard To attack with missiles of any kind; figuratively, assail vigorously: as, to bombard one with questions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bombard an engine or great gun for throwing bombs:
    • v.t Bombard to attack with bombs
    • n Bombard (Shak.) a barrel or large vessel for holding liquor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bombarde, LL. bombarda, fr. L. bombus, + -ard,. Cf. Bumper, and see Bomb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bombe—L. bombus—Gr. bombos, a humming sound—an imitative word.


In literature:

In that month Tromp suddenly arrived off Dover and bombarded the defenses.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
However, I was awakened by a tremendous bombardment, all our guns going around us.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
One day, timing and dodging dropping shells, I came to ruined, bombarded Essey.
"The Greater Love" by George T. McCarthy
I am afraid I shall be nervous when the moment of the bombardment actually arrives.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
His fleet would escort it, and co-operate by bombarding the island batteries.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
Williamstadt was bombarded, and must fall in a few days if not relieved.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844" by Various
The fleet, which was to have bombarded the town and brought a siege-train, had not arrived.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
A bombardment was opened on the 3rd November, 1914, but lasted for a few minutes only.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
All this, too, in a sweltering heat and in the centre of a terrific bombardment.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
We were told to expect a bombardment by our guns that night, as the 'Bluff' was to be attacked and retaken early next day.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley

In poetry:

Blessed change! no more bombarding
Of old Denmark's forts and towers;
Love and peace her Princess guarding,
Waft her to this land of ours.
"Verses Written On The Occasion of The Marriage of Albert Edward" by Janet Hamilton
Caught unawares at ebb or flood—
Or dull bombardment, day by day,
With fort and earth-work, far away,
Low couched in sullen leagues of mud.
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
They started again after dinner
Bombarding as hard as they could.
And the Duke brought his own private cannon
But that weren't a ha'pence o' good.
"Sam's Christmas Pudding" by Marriott Edgar
You would think the fury of aerial bombardment
Would rouse God to relent; the infinite spaces
Are still silent. He looks on shock-pried faces.
History, even, does not know what is meant.
"The Fury of Aerial Bombardment" by Richard Eberhart
For the weeks of our waiting draw to a close. . . . There is scarcely a leaf astir
In the garden beyond my windows, where the twilight shadows blurr
The blaze of some woman's roses. . . .
" Bombardment orders, sir."
"Headquarters" by Gilbert Frankau
And when the enemy bombards and walls begin to fall,
The Lady of the Motor-car shall stand above you all;
Amongst the strong and silent brave, and those who pray or shriek,
She’ll nurse the wounded from the grave and pacify the weak.
"The Lady of the Motor Car" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Not only does it moisturize your lips and protect them from the harmful rays of the sun (it's SPF 15), but it also bombards them with a delicious firestorm of red peppers and garlic.
In an ongoing series, the curious men and women of The Atlantic bombard me with their physiological curiosities.
In fact, I was bombarded by the selling of Barack Obama.
One east Las Vegas neighborhood was bombarded with flooding and mud overnight.
Officers of the 477th Bombardment Group at Freeman Field, Indiana.
Natural environments expose us to stimuli that are gently stimulating (not a bombardment of stimulation).
Malary bombards Nazareth in Trinity Catholic's season opener.
Several Syrian soldiers were killed in an overnight Turkish bombardment of a Syrian military post near the border town of Tel Abyad, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.
The linear accelerator will allow radiation oncologists to bombard tumors in three dimensions.
Opt out to avoid email bombardment.
This week, you're being bombarded.
How do we process the constant stream of information that, thanks to modern technology, seems to bombard us every minute.
Millions of cosmic particles called muons bombard Earth every day.
I am bombarded with young actors who seek guidance when considering going to college.
The nation was bombarded with headlines of Justin Bieber's stolen laptop and camera earlier this week.

In science:

An individual fullerene molecule is placed in a highly sensitive calorimeter and bombarded with photons, which play the role of quantum systems with low K (S ) (Figure 2).
Quantum observer and Kolmogorov complexity: a model that can be tested
Negative pions produced by the Berkeley 184-inch cyclotron bombarded a liquid deuterium target and the reaction π− + d → 2n+ γ was studied.
Discovery of the Isotopes with Z <= 10
Negative pions produced at the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research in Villigen bombarded a natural lithium target to form 4H in the reaction π−+7Li →3H + 4H, which subsequently decays into 3H and a neutron.
Discovery of the Isotopes with Z <= 10
Carbon and CD2 targets were bombarded with a 61 MeV/u secondary 11Li beam produced with the fragment separator RIPS at RIKEN, Japan.
Discovery of the Isotopes with Z <= 10
Protons accelerated by a voltage between 125 and 400 kV bombarded a lithium target.
Discovery of the Isotopes with Z <= 10