Definition of bombard in English:



[with object]
  • 1Attack (a place or person) continuously with bombs, shells, or other missiles.

    ‘the city was bombarded by federal forces’
    • ‘Further north, Tomahawk missiles bombarding the city heralded the beginning of the War.’
    • ‘Two years ago, the major part of the war was all about bombarding us with smart bombs and high-tech missiles.’
    • ‘One answer of course might be for the Allies to bombard the railway tracks leading to the death camps.’
    • ‘On 12 May 1982, FAS Skyhawks attacked the HMS Glasgow and HMS Brilliant while they were bombarding Port Stanley.’
    • ‘The Nazi artillery dutifully shelled without mercy, and the Luftwaffe bombarded the streets relentlessly.’
    • ‘It appeared US forces quickly took control after coalition warplanes bombarded the city and tanks rolled into the main square.’
    • ‘Government forces used mortars, helicopter gunships and airplanes to bombard rebel positions.’
    • ‘Helicopters and tanks bombarded the same towns around the city on Wednesday evening after similar gunfights led to the death of three soldiers.’
    • ‘Another suburb in the north of the capital was bombarded.’
    • ‘The 1950s saw the illegal Suez operation, during which a British warship bombarded Port Said and killed several Egyptian civilians.’
    • ‘There was no immediate word on casualties after US warplanes and artillery bombarded the city.’
    • ‘Albanian rebel-held villages were bombarded by government artillery.’
    • ‘Tanks rolled into the main square overnight after coalition warplanes bombarded the city.’
    • ‘The Hague Convention, Article Four, states that you are not allowed to bombard uninhabited villages or villages that are not occupied by defendants.’
    • ‘For a second night, the Marines called in a gunship to bombard insurgent positions.’
    • ‘Phipps moved four ships in close to shore to bombard the town, but caused little damage.’
    • ‘They could bombard the city from the outskirts but could not occupy it without unacceptable losses.’
    • ‘I wouldn't have been able to look away if terrorists were bombarding the room and announcing the end of the world, I was that enraptured.’
    • ‘Co-ordinated with a small parachute drop, it forced the Romanians to abandon the positions from which they were bombarding the port.’
    • ‘From my area we could see aeroplanes bombarding the centre of Santiago.’
    shell, torpedo, pound, blitz, strafe, pepper, fire at, fire on, bomb
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    1. 1.1Subject (someone) to a continuous flow of questions, criticisms, or information.
      ‘they will be bombarded with complaints’
      • ‘We are bombarded with information every waking moment!’
      • ‘I'm bombarded with questions and statements and doubts and sympathy.’
      • ‘From day one we are now bombarded with information like never before.’
      • ‘We are bombarded with too much information, but how much of it is really turned into knowledge?’
      • ‘I'm always bombarded with questions after the session.’
      • ‘When Taylor got back she was bombarded with questions.’
      • ‘Tom was bombarded with questions and he was getting fed up.’
      • ‘As children we are bombarded with the question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’’
      • ‘As I was bombarded with more questions and exclamations, I could feel myself starting to lose my temper very fast.’
      • ‘Today's children are bombarded with information from television, computers, and video games.’
      • ‘It had only been several days after she arrived that she was bombarded with questions as to when her husband was coming.’
      • ‘We are bombarded with information and the constant pressure of trying to keep up.’
      • ‘The last thing I want to do is bombard people with information too early.’
      • ‘Rosin feels that it's best to address the messages that bombard her students.’
      • ‘But the last thing I wanted to do was bombard her with millions of questions.’
      • ‘Denial of service attacks operate by bombarding a Web site with a huge amount of requests.’
      • ‘With the Capital being bombarded by brand new radio stations, it was time to call out the old heroes this Tuesday morning.’
      • ‘The worm has programmed infected computers to bombard the web site with corrupt data from this Saturday with the intention of forcing it to crash.’
      • ‘Protesters fear the green light will be given to the proposal but have promised they will continue to bombard environment and health bosses with their concerns.’
      • ‘But what about the TV commercials that incessantly bombard living rooms across America?’
      inundate, swamp, flood, deluge, snow under
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    2. 1.2Physics Direct a stream of high-speed particles at (a substance).
      • ‘A young scientist named Henry Moseley experimented with bombarding atoms of different elements with x rays.’
      • ‘The experimenters bombarded a thin gold foil with alpha particles (helium atoms without electrons).’
      • ‘These men experimented by bombarding uranium with neutrons.’
      • ‘By 1910 Ernest Rutherford and his collaborators at Manchester had interrogated an atom by bombarding it with heavier particles.’
      • ‘When we examine protons closely by bombarding them with electrons, we find that they contain plenty of gluons and light quark-antiquark pairs.’


  • A cannon of the earliest type, which fired a stone ball or large shot.

    • ‘Yet for all the muskets, bombards, and cannon, Kelly appears more interested in the impact of gunpowder as a technological force driving deeper societal changes.’
    • ‘Early siege cannon, or bombards, were heavy and rested in a static mount.’
    • ‘In a short time, these small and ineffective weapons developed into massive bombards.’


Late Middle English (as a noun denoting an early form of cannon, also a shawm) from Old French bombarde, probably based on Latin bombus ‘booming, humming’ (see bomb). The verb (late 16th century) is from French bombarder.