bombardment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bombardment an attack by dropping bombs
    • n bombardment the act (or an instance) of subjecting a body or substance to the impact of high-energy particles (as electrons or alpha rays)
    • n bombardment the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target "they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops","the shelling went on for hours without pausing"
    • n bombardment the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written) "a barrage of questions","a bombardment of mail complaining about his mistake"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bombardment An attack upon a fortress or fortified town, with shells, hot shot, rockets, etc.; the act of throwing bombs and shot into a town or fortified place.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bombardment A continuous attack with shot and shell upon a town, fort, or other position; the act of throwing shot and shell into an enemy's town in order to destroy the buildings.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bombardement,

Usage

In literature:

Count d'Estaing used to say that bombarding a pirate town was like breaking windows with guineas.
"History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
That was the last our friends saw of them that night, and every one began to bombard Jack with questions.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
When there were no ships to meet, they bombarded the ports where others were being built.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
In the first week of June, the third bombardment of Sebastopol opened, and the Spring Hill visitors had plenty to talk about.
"Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands" by Mary Seacole
Havre-de-Grace was likewise bombarded, when the town was set in flames.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
The bombardment had begun!
"Ahead of the Army" by W. O. Stoddard
Even the dead in the village churchyard had been plowed from their graves by the terrific bombardment.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
The bombardment continued until twelve.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
Derby hats as a rule were knocked off on sight and then bombarded with six-shooters beyond recognition.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
The troops, pulling through the mud, cheered the bombardment by the fleet when it opened.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
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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
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 three long months continues the bombardment.
The bloodstained Malakov withstands it still.
The hoarse-voiced drum drives on the British redcoats.
Once more they throw themselves against the hill!
"The Lieutenant" by Konstantin Simonov
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:

With the presidential race dominating the national news and Minnesota television viewers being bombarded by ads for a couple of congressional races, the battle for control of the Legislature is quietly raging under most voters' radar.
The first thing that bombards you when you load it: a multi-gender, multi-racial band of Fort Worth youth vowing "I'll go anywhere/I'll do anything," presumably singing from the perspective of a Joint Strike Hipster .
See what happens when two unsuspecting beer league teams were bombarded with their own fans, mascots and cheerleaders.
From the moment audience members enter the newly opened, $28-million Stomp Out Loud Theatre at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, their senses are bombarded.
With hot weather continuously bombarding the Midwest lately, dairy calves have been under extreme heat stress.
We are a society of instant news and information, constantly bombarded with tweets, updates, likes and breaking news.
Everyday, we are bombarded with negative thoughts and images.
"It's like someone's piping negativity into our city," Sherwood Mayor Virginia Hillman said Friday afternoon after being bombarded by calls about a telemarketing survey.
Though he earned his pilot wings, the war ended before Keel 's 477th Bombardment Group (Medium) saw action.
Here's a fine example of the sort of thing that bombarded my email inbox in the final week leading to today's Michigan presidential primary.
Rarely do you get a laugh from the bombardment of political rhetoric.
Nov 16, 2012 — Our kids are bombarded with stresses, and sensory overload, at home, on the playground and in the classroom.
Every day we are bombarded with temptations, sent from the devil, that fight against our spiritual and emotional well-being.
At least we won't be bombarded by those pesky political ads now that the election is over.
Syrian rebels pulled out of the key Aleppo district of Salaheddin yesterday in the face of a massive regime bombardment.
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In science:

Deuterons bombarded a cobalt target at the Berkeley cyclotron and decay and absorption curves were measured.
Discovery of the Cobalt Isotopes
Enriched samples of 61Ni were bombarded by neutrons at the Crocker Laboratory 60-inch cyclotron at Berkeley.
Discovery of the Cobalt Isotopes
Nickel was bombarded with 25 MeV bremsstrahlung in the betatron and produced via the reaction 64Ni(γ ,p). “After a 1.5 minutes bombardment with 25-MeV bremsstrahlung, an activity with a half-life of an order of one minute was observed.
Discovery of the Cobalt Isotopes
The 33 MeV/u 86Kr beam bombarded tantalum targets and the fragments were separated with the GANIL triple-focusing analyser LISE. “Each particle is identified by an eventby-event analysis.
Discovery of the Cobalt Isotopes
Protons of 600 MeV from the CERN synchrocyclotron bombarded a molten tin target and cadmium was separated using the ISOLDE facility.
Discovery of the Cadmium Isotopes
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