- The definition of a bomb is something that has the potential to explode.
An example of a bomb is a stick of dynamite with a timer set to ignite it.
- Bomb means to attack or destroy with explosives.
An example of bomb is the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
- Bomb means to fail.
An example of bomb is for a stand up comedian to fail on stage and getting booed off stage.
One type of bomb is this air to surface missile.
- a container filled with an explosive, incendiary, or other chemical for dropping or hurling, or for detonating by a timing mechanism
- bombshell (sense )
- a small container with compressed gas in it: an aerosol bomb
- a heavily shielded apparatus with radioactive material in it, used in radiotherapy: a cobalt bomb
- ☆ Informal a complete failure: said esp. of a theatrical performance
- Geol. a mass of lava, usually globular, ejected from a volcano by explosion
- Football, Slang a long forward pass
Origin of bombFrench bombe ; from Italian bomba; probably ; from Classical Latin bombus, a buzzing ; from Classical Greek bombos, deep and hollow sound: origin, originally echoic
- atomic bomb
- any nuclear weapon
- nuclear weapons collectively
- a. An explosive weapon detonated by impact, proximity to an object, a timing mechanism, or other means.b. An atomic or nuclear bomb. Used with the.
- Any of various weapons detonated to release destructive material, such as smoke or gas.
- Football A long forward pass.
- a. A container capable of withstanding high internal pressure.b. A vessel for storing compressed gas.c. A portable, manually operated container that ejects a spray, foam, or gas under pressure.
- Slang A dismal failure; a fiasco.
- Slang An old car.
- Slang One that is excellent or superior. Used with the.
- Chiefly British Slang a. A large amount of money.b. A great success.
verbbombed, bomb·ing, bombs
- To drop a bomb or bombs.
- Slang To fail miserably: The play bombed.
- Slang To paint a graffito.
Origin of bombFrench bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus, a booming sound, from Greek bombos, of imitative origin.
- An explosive device used or intended as a weapon.
- (slang) A failure; an unpopular commercial product.
- (US, Australia, informal) A car in poor condition.
- (UK, slang) A large amount of money, a fortune.
- make a bomb, cost a bomb
- (chiefly UK, slang) A success; the bomb.
- Our fabulous new crumpets have been selling like a bomb.
- (chiefly UK, slang) A very attractive woman; a bombshell.
- (often in combination) An action or statement that causes a strong reaction.
- It was an ordinary speech, until the president dropped a bomb: he would be retiring for medical reasons.
- Normally very controlled, he dropped the F-bomb and cursed the paparazzi.
- (dated) The atomic bomb.
- During the Cold War, everyone worried about the bomb sometimes.
- (American football, slang) A long forward pass.
- (chemistry) A heavy-walled container designed to permit chemical reactions under high pressure.
- (informal) A jump into water in a squatting position, with the arms wrapped around the legs, for maximum splashing.
- The diametrical slang meanings are somewhat distinguishable by the article. For “a success”, the phrase is generally the bomb. Otherwise bomb can mean “a failure”.
(third-person singular simple present bombs, present participle bombing, simple past and past participle bombed)
- (intransitive) To attack using one or more bombs; to bombard.
- (intransitive, slang) To fail dismally.
- (informal) To jump into water in a squatting position, with the arms wrapped around the legs.
- (slang) To cover an area in many graffiti tags.
- (informal, Australia) to add an excessive amount of chlorine to a pool when it has not been maintained properly.
(comparative more bomb, superlative most bomb)