bombard[bäm bärd′; for n. bäm′bärd′]
A field being bombarded by helicopter artillery.
- When the United States repeatedly drops missiles and bombs in a full-on attack against an enemy city, this is an example of when the U.S. bombards the city.
- When you ask someone over and over why they are doing what they are doing during each step of a project and you inquire about every detail and every move, this is an example of when you bombard the person with questions.
- to attack with or as with artillery or bombs
- to keep attacking or pressing with questions, suggestions, etc.
- to direct a stream of particles at (atomic nuclei) to produce nuclear transmutations
Origin of bombardFrench bombarder ; from bombarde, mortar ; from bombe, bomb
transitive verbbom·bard·ed, bom·bard·ing, bom·bards
- To attack with bombs, shells, or missiles.
- To assail persistently; harass: “[patients] bombarded with bewildering terms like ‘managed competition’ and ‘risk selection’” (Carla Cantor). See Synonyms at barrage2.
- To irradiate (an atom).
- To attack with a cannon firing stone balls.
Origin of bombardFrom Middle English, a bombard, from Old French bombarde, from Medieval Latin bombarda, probably from Latin bombus, a booming sound; see bomb.
(third-person singular simple present bombards, present participle bombarding, simple past and past participle bombarded)