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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bomb
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bomb attack (=usually intended to achieve a political aim)
▪ Animal rights activists are believed to have carried out the bomb attack.
a bomb site (=where a bomb has exploded)
▪ the bomb sites of war-torn London
a bomb threat
▪ The station was closed because of a bomb threat.
a bomb/fire/terrorist etc alert
▪ a full-scale flood alert
a bombing raid
▪ Bombing raids had destroyed most of the country's oil refineries.
a car bomb (=a bomb hidden in or under a car)
▪ A car bomb exploded killing 33 people.
a terrorist attack/bombing/act
▪ More than 50 people were injured in the terrorist attack.
an air/bomb attack (=an attack from a plane using bombs)
▪ Malta was under heavy air attack.
atomic bomb
be destroyed by fire/a bomb/earthquake etc
▪ The building was destroyed by fire in 2004.
bomb disposal experts/team/squad/unit
▪ The device, which contained 400lbs of explosive, was made safe by army bomb disposal experts.
bomb disposal (=getting rid of bombs before they explode)
▪ The building was evacuated and a bomb disposal team moved in.
bomb disposal
▪ The device, which contained 400lbs of explosive, was made safe by army bomb disposal experts.
bomb hoax
▪ a bomb hoax
bomb scare
▪ a bomb scare in Central London
bomb scare
▪ a bomb scare
bomb shelter
bomb site
▪ They’ve pulled down so many buildings around here it looks like a bomb site.
bomb/shotgun/nuclear etc blast
▪ A bomb blast completely destroyed the building.
car bomb
cherry bomb
cluster bomb
cost a bomb/a packetBritish English (= have a very high price)
▪ He has a new sports car that must have cost a bomb.
fusion bomb
hydrogen bomb
incendiary bomb/device
▪ The explosion seems to have been caused by an incendiary device.
indiscriminate attacks/killing/violence/bombing etc
▪ terrorists responsible for indiscriminate killing
letter bomb
megaton...bomb
▪ a five megaton atomic bomb
neutron bomb
nuclear bomb
nuclear bomb/weapon/missile etc
▪ the threat of nuclear attack
▪ concern about the country’s nuclear weapons program
parcel bomb
petrol bomb
smart bomb
smoke bomb
stink bomb
time bomb
▪ Cutting down the rainforest is an environmental time bomb.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
atomic
▪ He had led the team that developed the Soviet Union's atomic bomb and had begun seeking peaceful applications of nuclear power.
▪ He was a spy for the Soviets in Los Alamos, during the atomic bomb project.
▪ Much controversy has surrounded Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb.
▪ On September 23, 1949, Truman declared that the Soviets had detonated an atomic bomb.
▪ A star marks the epicentre of the atomic bomb dropped in 1945.
▪ The United States might have created the atomic bomb in hundreds of different ways.
▪ He was, for example, totally ignorant of the atomic bomb project.
▪ The final decision of where and when to use the atomic bomb was up to me.
huge
▪ Police had already thwarted attempts to bring two huge van bombs to Madrid, and to detonate a car bomb in Bilbao.
incendiary
▪ There were high-explosive and incendiary bombs of various types available, but no combination weapon.
▪ We had two incendiary bombs, but they were in the canteen.
nuclear
▪ Physics may tell us how to build a nuclear bomb but not whether it should be built.
▪ I heard new vocabulary: nuclear bomb, radioactive fallout, bomb shelter.
▪ That is enough to make between 10 and 20 nuclear bombs.
▪ Mere nuclear bombs would do little to halt life in general, and might, in fact, increase the nonhuman versions.
▪ Cunningham said that the United States has lost considerable bomb-making skills in the eight years since it stopped making nuclear bombs.
▪ The first would use the same radar and missiles, but would replace the interceptor with a nuclear bomb.
▪ Systems for delivering nuclear bombs to distant targets, however, are very difficult and expensive to produce.
▪ Hussein used the money to accelerate his program to build a nuclear bomb.
small
▪ Johnny Cooper thought it almost impossible that three men carrying only sixty small bombs between them had created such havoc and destruction.
▪ Pure fusion bombs might be much smaller than existing bombs.
▪ We could detonate a very small atom bomb in the vicinity of another.
▪ Even a charge of conventional explosive in the vicinity of a small atom bomb would suffice.
▪ If the small atom bomb went up, so then would the hydrogen bomb.
▪ Urban violence and civil unrest were mushrooming like small bombs threatening to blow up the machine from within.
▪ I'd placed six smaller bombs, and had them all lit in forty seconds.
▪ He spent some time expressing his preference, for tactical reasons, for smaller neutron bombs before developing his argument.
smart
▪ Armed with plasma guns and smart bombs, they have a three-pronged mission.
▪ Our people are much smarter than our bombs ever can be.
▪ It was used in the Persian Gulf war to target smart bombs and guide tanks across the desert.
unexploded
▪ With its aid, two unexploded mortar bombs are located.
▪ Their wastes include solvents, fuels, mine tailings, radioactive wastes, and unexploded bombs and shells.
▪ And two unexploded bombs in the Mile End Road.
▪ Mr Aston told the court that the oil tank was like a large unexploded bomb.
▪ Much was seized for food by a starving population, and much became the casualty of unexploded mines and bombs.
■ NOUN
atom
▪ We could detonate a very small atom bomb in the vicinity of another.
▪ A fart is not an atom bomb....
▪ Even a charge of conventional explosive in the vicinity of a small atom bomb would suffice.
▪ If the small atom bomb went up, so then would the hydrogen bomb.
▪ Teller, of course, worked on the atom bomb and the H-bomb.
▪ Britain has already accumulated enough nuclear waste to build 5,000 atom bombs.
▪ Then war intervened, Oppenheimer became involved in the atom bomb project, and he lost interest in gravitational collapse.
attack
▪ Soldier dies after Armagh bomb A soldier has died after a triple bomb attack in Northern Ireland.
▪ In a weekend of violence, the defence minister, Khaled Nezzar, narrowly escaped from a car bomb attack.
▪ Cars were set on fire and a bomb attack was made against the mayor's car with his family inside.
▪ All four were acquitted of involvement in a bomb attack in Stockholm on April 7, 1986.
▪ Another suspected drug handler was fatally injured in a car bomb attack in Bilbao on Jan. 9.
▪ From June 1944 the flying bomb attacks were less concentrated spatially, but even more destructive.
blast
▪ Then a bomb blast devastated the theatre and wiped away her smile of anticipation.
▪ This, investigators say, links him to the truck bomb blast.
▪ Tuesday's mortar bomb blast left him with three chunks of shrapnel in his abdomen.
▪ They've always taken a special interest in Sefton because of the bomb blast.
▪ Sefton was badly injured in the bomb blast in Hyde Park in nineteen eighty-two, but survived.
▪ The bomb blast fractured the ventilating system and spewed dust particles along the system throughout the hospital.
▪ Another bomb blast was reported on a railway line outside Cape Town.
▪ The bomb blasts in Moscow last August remain unsolved.
car
▪ The commando had been planning a car bomb attack in Seville during its April fair.
▪ Carl Krebsbach wore it out when he sent away for $ 20 worth of car bombs.
▪ Suddenly the phone rings: a suspect car bomb in the city centre.
▪ And a car bomb near a Medellin shopping mall injured 50.
▪ In a weekend of violence, the defence minister, Khaled Nezzar, narrowly escaped from a car bomb attack.
▪ A car bomb shook Madrid's Barajas airport.
▪ Up to 13 bombs went off across the city, many of them car bombs.
cluster
▪ By now, the police were chasing protesters into various neighbourhoods, and throwing cluster bombs of rubber pellets at locals.
▪ It will also strongly criticise the use of cluster bombs.
▪ The planes were reported to have used cluster bombs and also to have strafed roads and buildings.
▪ The MoD had to spend £20m upgrading and ordering extra stocks of the cluster bombs for the Kosovo campaign.
disposal
▪ It could take half an hour for a bomb disposal team to get to Royalbion House.
▪ One of the devices went off before bomb disposal squads arrived.
▪ The device went off at 12.30am as bomb disposal men were about to carry out a remote-controlled explosion with a robot.
▪ The bomb disposal unit destroyed the bomb with a controlled explosion.
▪ Approval will also be given to supply bomb disposal equipment and goods for civilian end-users.
▪ The most advanced bomb disposal centre in the world has been officially opened by the Duke of Kent.
▪ The army's bomb disposal experts say the lesson is simple ... report anything suspicious, especially in the run up to Christmas.
▪ Army bomb disposal experts from Catterick military base in north Yorkshire are examining debris from both devices.
explosion
▪ Mr. Bowis My right hon. and learned Friend will recall the bomb explosion a month ago on the track in my constituency.
▪ For comparison, the atomic bomb explosions that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki were about 20 kilotons each.
▪ A bomb explosion aboard a ferry south of Trincomalee on Sept. 10 killed 24 soldiers and 15 civilians.
▪ The heat released in this reaction, which is like a controlled hydrogen bomb explosion, is what makes the star shine.
▪ Three people were reported killed and three injured in bomb explosions in the capital Santo Domingo on Sept. 23.
▪ The bomb explosion during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics seems to have been pivotal.
▪ In Johannesburg two men died in overnight bomb explosions at the city's main railway station.
▪ On Aug. 22 Abdullah stated that there had been 170 bomb explosions in the state in the previous 12 months.
hoax
▪ Note the offence of making a bomb hoax call etc. under section 51 Criminal Law Act 1977.
hydrogen
▪ The large scale release of fusion energy has so far occurred only in stars and in the hydrogen bomb.
▪ On 12 July 1953, when the Soviet Union exploded its first hydrogen bomb, equilibrium was restored.
▪ Might it not be the equivalent of a small hydrogen bomb?
▪ The main source of helium-3 is in fact hydrogen bomb recycling!
▪ The heat released in this reaction, which is like a controlled hydrogen bomb explosion, is what makes the star shine.
▪ The largest accessible source of helium-3 on Earth is from the decay of tritium in hydrogen bombs.
▪ In spite of the situation we find ourselves in, maybe hydrogen bombs aren't the biggest cause for concern.
▪ The Soviet Union tested its own hydrogen bomb within a year, and the nuclear arms race escalated further.
letter
▪ Hunt alert: Huntsmen in Northern Ireland have been alerted by police after letter bombs were sent to two hunt members.
▪ It emerged yesterday that all three letter bombs were contained in Jiffy bags and were of similar construction.
▪ Earlier Monday morning, a letter bomb exploded in the London offices of Al-Hayat, injuring two mail clerks.
▪ Two letter bombs, in 1961 and 1980, cost Brunner the use of an eye and the fingers of one hand.
▪ He says the letter bombs could have injured any of the people who handled them on their way to their targets.
▪ In a search of the offices, police found a second letter bomb among the unopened mail.
mortar
▪ With its aid, two unexploded mortar bombs are located.
▪ After some ti me the job is completed and the two mortar bombs have been neutralised.
▪ Suddenly there was the unmistakable swish of a mortar bomb, then the explosion a few yards away.
▪ Tuesday's mortar bomb blast left him with three chunks of shrapnel in his abdomen.
▪ From their position in the hills, the forces lobbed three mortar bombs into the crowded streets.
▪ Two were hit by shrapnel from a mortar bomb at the weekend.
▪ The other two had been trying to rescue him when all three had been killed by a single well-placed mortar bomb.
▪ Several other mortar bombs have been thrown out into the darkness.
parcel
▪ He would leave the packet open so that the desk sergeant saw they were not getting a parcel bomb.
petrol
▪ Last summer saw violence at Blackbird Leys as things came to a head ... with petrol bombs and bricks.
▪ Home Office Ministers fiddled while tyres and a few petrol bombs burned.
▪ The raiders burst into the dining-room and rolled hand grenades along the floor as a petrol bomb was launched outside.
▪ A number of petrol bombs exploded harmlessly between the protesters and the security forces.
▪ Another Epworth resident was burned alive a few days earlier when a petrol bomb was thrown into his home.
▪ The police used armoured vehicles and tear gas to contain the protesters who were armed with rocks and petrol bombs.
▪ Violence continued into the following afternoon and evening; petrol bombs were thrown and shops looted.
pipe
▪ Police were also seeking a motive for an attempted pipe bomb attack on a house in Ballymoney, Co Antrim.
▪ The pipe bombs, on early evidence, appeared to be fairly crude.
▪ Black powder was used in the pipe bomb that caused the explosion, Daschle said.
▪ They left behind pipe bombs as their calling cards, although no one was ever injured.
▪ Police Minister Avigdor Kahalani said the explosives were pipe bombs packed with nails.
▪ In San Diego, all three devices, which shared some similarities, were pipe bombs delivered by mail.
▪ The park has been closed since early Saturday, when the pipe bomb exploded during a free concert.
▪ A pipe bomb hidden in a black backpack explodes in a park filled with people, injuring scores with shards of shrapnel.
scare
▪ She says that they were told that it was a bomb scare.
▪ No, not the usual boring bomb scare, but a cultural occasion of enormous significance.
▪ The previous day also the factory was evacuated after a bomb scare.
▪ Cross-channel ferries held up by a bomb scare ....
▪ Apparently there had been a bomb scare recently.
▪ Following the find, the centre was evacuated again because of a bomb scare which police believe was a hoax.
shelter
▪ Feb. 13 At least 300 civilians killed in allied attack on Baghdad bomb shelter.
▪ The only thing less suited to the big screen would be a movie set in a bomb shelter.
▪ Until church members complete a sewer system, they have been forbidden to use their newly hewn bomb shelters.
▪ They even went down to the basement bomb shelter and shook pillows.
▪ Every church compound has a bomb shelter.
▪ Bennett persuades his family to build a bomb shelter.
▪ The idea of turning the most historic room in the nation into a bomb shelter struck me as in exceedingly bad taste.
▪ Residents remained in the bomb shelters Saturday.
site
▪ Sophie's room is a bomb site.
▪ Ruptured gas lines resulted in fires that gutted entire communities of wooden houses, leaving behind smoldering embers resembling a bomb site.
▪ There were bomb sites around and a lot of it looked like something out of the Ealing comedies.
▪ The memorial at the bomb site featured mournful bagpipes played Amazing Grace after Marine Capt.
▪ Trains were running, albeit a rather cautiously past the bomb site.
▪ Similar disasters are scattered piecemeal all over Britain, on bomb sites and over the slums they were built to clear.
▪ He looked at the bomb site.
squad
▪ The police had sealed off only part of the city centre while the bomb squad investigated.
▪ All of the bombs were removed and disabled by the New York Police Department bomb squad before they exploded.
▪ The way Max's biological clock is ticking, it's a wonder Emma didn't call out the bomb squad.
▪ The bomb squad also was summoned to examine one other package that proved to be harmless.
▪ KINETON/Warwickshire Time allowed 02:24 It's a training exercise ... but for the bomb squad this scenario is disturbingly real.
▪ In each instance, the explosives were removed by a New York police bomb squad to a basement.
▪ The device, discovered inside a Ford Transit van, was made safe after controlled explosions carried out by bomb squad officers.
▪ The bomb squad took the device to the basement and disarmed it by inundating it with a water cannon.
suicide
▪ This development follows the first suicide bomb attack for two years.
▪ Each time there is a suicide bomb or attack we should point a finger at ourselves?
threat
▪ Pervez Musharraf, delayed his flight home because of a bomb threat.
▪ More than 50, 000 people carrying free foam-rubber tomahawks evacuated the stadium as if there had been a bomb threat.
▪ Many passengers switch flight after bomb threat.
▪ Last Thursday, campus officials received a bomb threat that was sent over the university e-mail system.
▪ Schools cancelled extracurricular activities, and many parents took their children out of classes after word of the bomb threat spread.
▪ Last Monday, a bomb threat against the county courthouse was delivered by telephone.
▪ It belongs to the man who called in the bomb threat 18 minutes before it detonated.
time
▪ These factors have created a demographic time bomb. 2.
▪ Was it some psychic time bomb long ago planted on Ludlow Street?
▪ Our baby is a bomb, too: a time bomb.
▪ The man is clearly a walking time bomb.
▪ Her footsteps and the faint noise of her limbs striking one another as she walked sounded like the mechanism of a time bomb.
▪ I felt like a walking time bomb, set to detonate in sixty minutes.
▪ It is a time bomb waiting to explode.
▪ The Senate version of the bill contained a time bomb, however.
■ VERB
build
▪ Kaczynski sought to build increasingly lethal bombs by improving his bomb design and his bomb-making techniques.
▪ In retrospect, the decision to build the bomb was fraught with agonizing ambiguities.
▪ Physics may tell us how to build a nuclear bomb but not whether it should be built.
▪ That amount of plutonium was enough to build a couple of bombs like the ones we dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
▪ Britain has already accumulated enough nuclear waste to build 5,000 atom bombs.
▪ Inevitably, the scientists used some of the same ingenuity they brought to building the bomb to improving their high-desert outpost.
▪ In any case, they argue that if a country really wants to build its own bomb it will do so.
▪ Bennett persuades his family to build a bomb shelter.
defuse
▪ Police evacuated nearby buildings and cordoned off the area while they defused the bomb.
▪ Some economists say that declining population growth rates have defused the population bomb.
destroy
▪ The bomb disposal unit destroyed the bomb with a controlled explosion.
▪ Although their car and many of their belongings were destroyed by the bomb, they said they would continue their honeymoon.
▪ Janet Seligman's parental home was partly destroyed by a bomb, and Rita May's damaged.
detonate
▪ Police had already thwarted attempts to bring two huge van bombs to Madrid, and to detonate a car bomb in Bilbao.
▪ On September 23, 1949, Truman declared that the Soviets had detonated an atomic bomb.
drop
▪ They dropped ninety-three bombs and caused casualties and damage at a rate Paris had not experienced before.
▪ Sixteen billion gallons of water dropped like a bomb on the town below.
▪ I was a crew member of the Enola Gay, the B29 that dropped a bomb on Hiroshima.
▪ Can you imagine what would happen if they dropped a bomb on the Suq al-Sabat?
▪ We asked who led the Lancasters into action when they dropped their bouncing bombs.
▪ It tells of homes set aflame, planes dropping turpentine bombs and the wanton shooting of unarmed black men on the street.
▪ They come in at treetop level and drop these bombs.
explode
▪ What makes him do that is his belief that the man is about to explode a bomb.
▪ On 12 July 1953, when the Soviet Union exploded its first hydrogen bomb, equilibrium was restored.
▪ All of the bombs were removed and disabled by the New York Police Department bomb squad before they exploded.
injure
▪ At least two people were injured by the letter bombs.
▪ Sefton was badly injured in the bomb blast in Hyde Park in nineteen eighty-two, but survived.
▪ Three people were reported killed and three injured in bomb explosions in the capital Santo Domingo on Sept. 23.
▪ Another suspected drug handler was fatally injured in a car bomb attack in Bilbao on Jan. 9.
▪ At least 10 people were killed and 150 injured in bomb attacks last month.
kill
▪ But three - and the Czech liberal was killed by a bomb - is too much.
▪ Gen. Khan Aqa, deputy head of state security, was killed by a car bomb in Kabul on Nov. 3.
▪ Around 12 people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in the Chechen capital, Grozny.
place
▪ Javier Mugica Astibia, a town councillor in Navarra, by placing a bomb under his van.
▪ Why should they be involved in a case where the charges are placing and sending bombs?
▪ I'd placed six smaller bombs, and had them all lit in forty seconds.
▪ They simply wandered around in the dark, placing their bombs on the parked aircraft until they ran out of them.
▪ They placed bombs on two isolated aircraft and then headed for the hangars where they expected to find some worthwhile booty.
plant
▪ He wanted to plant a bomb in the middle of the busy market, but he was a day early.
▪ They allegedly delivered the explosives to Ali Chanaa, who was supposed to plant the bomb.
▪ He did five himself in Long Kesh in the early seventies for planting a bomb.
▪ Nobody even knows who is planting the bombs or why.
▪ The Crown claim that all three were on their way to plant the bomb under a car.
▪ You'd never have thought anyone would plant a bomb there.
▪ Richard Jewell was the security guard accused by the media of planting the bomb that exploded in the city.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
dirty bomb
plant a bomb
▪ Police discovered that a bomb had been planted in the bus station.
▪ He did five himself in Long Kesh in the early seventies for planting a bomb.
▪ He wanted to plant a bomb in the middle of the busy market, but he was a day early.
▪ Suspected rebels last week planted a bomb outside the prime minister's home, although no one was injured in the blast.
▪ You'd never have thought anyone would plant a bomb there.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A bomb exploded near the country's busiest airport before dawn today.
▪ a flea bomb
▪ Billy Joe Tolliver threw a 44-yard bomb into the end zone.
▪ Morrow was convicted in 1998 of sending four letter bombs to government officials.
▪ The bomb exploded on a bus in Jerusalem during the city's morning rush hour.
▪ The protesters were armed with rocks and petrol bombs.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Another bomb blast was reported on a railway line outside Cape Town.
▪ Conservative Central Office has ordered special security screening measures to prevent firearms or bombs being smuggled into the £3m pavilion.
▪ Her shocked and sobbing face epitomised the terror that the bombs had brought to thousands of innocent city centre workers and shoppers.
▪ I heard new vocabulary: nuclear bomb, radioactive fallout, bomb shelter.
▪ Peggy ScottAdams's provocative ballad is hitting radio audiences like an emotional bomb.
▪ The brunette gift wrapped a bomb and handed it to grateful squaddies on point duty in Northern Ireland.
▪ Their bomb load was so great and dangerous that the slightest error would have been suicidal.
▪ They must have had their faces upturned when the bomb went off; perhaps they were anti-aircraft personnel.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
car
▪ The government accused Escobar of masterminding a double car bombing in Bogota on Monday which killed four people and injured dozens more.
▪ Rogue troops are even suspected of participating in the car bombing at the Jakarta stock exchange in September that killed 15 people.
days
▪ It was just a few days after the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.
▪ McVeigh is known to have been in contact with individuals at Elohim City in the days before the bombing.
embassy
▪ The party that became notorious in the 1980s for bombing embassies and kidnapping foreigners is now preaching against rudeness.
target
▪ Somehow they bombed the target in perfect weather and unopposed, and returned to Jersey.
▪ B-52s went all-out, bombing vital targets that were heretofore untouched, such as Haiphong Harbor.
trade
▪ Salameh was a close associate of the alleged mastermind of the Trade Center bombing, Ramzi Yousef.
▪ An effort to upgrade security after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was sidetracked by budget considerations.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
dirty bomb
saturation bombing
suicide attack/mission/bombing etc
▪ As Delbert saw it, they went on suicide missions, which was just the kind of action he wanted.
▪ His suicide mission came as a surprise to more people than just his family.
▪ The powers-that-be decide to send you on a suicide mission - nice peeps, aren't they?
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "How'd it go?" "I bombed on the written section, but I think I did okay on the multiple choice part."
▪ Although the show was a hit in London it bombed on Broadway.
▪ I bombed on the quiz he gave us.
▪ I bombed the English test yesterday.
▪ I just bombed the written section of the test.
▪ In 1986 they made "Shanghai Surprise," which bombed.
▪ NATO warplanes bombed a dozen towns Thursday.
▪ She has had few offers of work since her last movie bombed so spectacularly.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Her laundry had been bombed, and the hospital was full of casualties, as well as the maternity block.
▪ Lawrence Evert, shot down 33 years ago as he tried to bomb a nearby railroad bridge.
▪ They had made two attempts to bomb United States military trains in Lower Saxony in 1987 and 1988.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bomb

Bomb \Bomb\, n. [F. bombe bombshell, fr. L. bombus a humming or buzzing noise, Gr. ?.]

  1. A great noise; a hollow sound. [Obs.]

    A pillar of iron . . . which if you had struck, would make . . . a great bomb in the chamber beneath.
    --Bacon.

  2. (Mil.) A shell; esp. a spherical shell, like those fired from mortars. See Shell.

  3. A bomb ketch.

    Bomb chest (Mil.), a chest filled with bombs, or only with gunpowder, placed under ground, to cause destruction by its explosion.

    Bomb ketch, Bomb vessel (Naut.), a small ketch or vessel, very strongly built, on which mortars are mounted to be used in naval bombardments; -- called also mortar vessel.

    Bomb lance, a lance or harpoon with an explosive head, used in whale fishing.

    Volcanic bomb, a mass of lava of a spherical or pear shape. ``I noticed volcanic bombs.''
    --Darwin.

Bomb

Bomb \Bomb\, v. t. To bombard. [Obs.]
--Prior.

Bomb

Bomb \Bomb\, v. i. [Cf. Boom.] To sound; to boom; to make a humming or buzzing sound. [Obs.]
--B. Jonson.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bomb

1580s, from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus "a deep, hollow noise; a buzzing or booming sound," from Greek bombos "deep and hollow sound," echoic. Originally of mortar shells, etc.; modern sense of "explosive device placed by hand or dropped from airplane" is 1909. Meaning "old car" is from 1953. Meaning "success" is from 1954 (late 1990s slang the bomb "the best" is probably a fresh formation); opposite sense of "a failure" is from 1963. The bomb "atomic bomb" is from 1945.

bomb

1680s, from bomb (n.). Meaning "to fail" attested from 1963. Related: Bombed; bombing. Slang bombed "drunk" is attested by 1956.

Wiktionary
bomb
  1. (context slang English) great, awesome. n. 1 An explosive device used or intended as a weapon. 2 # (label en dated) The atomic bom

  2. 3 # (label en figurative) Events or conditions that have a speedy destructive effect. vb. 1 (context transitive intransitive English) To attack using one or more #nouns; to bombard. 2 (context intransitive slang English) To fail dismally. 3 (context informal English) To jump into water in a squatting position, with the arms wrapped around the legs. 4 (context obsolete English) To sound; to boom; to make a humming or buzzing sound. 5 (context slang English) To cover an area in many graffiti tags. 6 (context informal AU English) to add an excessive amount of chlorine to a pool when it has not been maintained properly.

WordNet
bomb
  1. v. throw bombs at or attack with bombs; "The Americans bombed Dresden" [syn: bombard]

  2. fail to get a passing grade; "She studied hard but failed nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?" [syn: fail, flunk, flush it] [ant: pass]

bomb
  1. n. an explosive device fused to denote under specific conditions

  2. strong sealed vessel for measuring heat of combustion [syn: bomb calorimeter]

  3. an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual; "the first experiment was a real turkey"; "the meeting was a dud as far as new business was concerned" [syn: turkey, dud]

Wikipedia
Bomb

A bomb is an explosive weapon that uses the exothermic reaction of an explosive material to provide an extremely sudden and violent release of energy. Detonations inflict damage principally through ground- and atmosphere-transmitted mechanical stress, the impact and penetration of pressure-driven projectiles, pressure damage, and explosion-generated effects. Bombs have been in use since the 11th century in Song Dynasty China.

The term bomb is not usually applied to explosive devices used for civilian purposes such as construction or mining, although the people using the devices may sometimes refer to them as a "bomb". The military use of the term "bomb", or more specifically aerial bomb action, typically refers to airdropped, unpowered explosive weapons most commonly used by air forces and naval aviation. Other military explosive weapons not classified as "bombs" include grenades, shells, depth charges (used in water), warheads when in missiles, or land mines. In unconventional warfare, other names can refer to a range of offensive weaponry. For instance, in recent Middle Eastern conflicts, bombs called " improvised explosive devices" (IEDs) have been employed by insurgent fighters to great effectiveness.

The word comes from the Latinbombus, which in turn comes from the Greek βόμβος (bombos), an onomatopoetic term meaning "booming", "buzzing".

Bomb (icon)

The bomb icon has several different applications in computing, and typically indicates a fatal system error.

Bomb (The Young Ones)

"Bomb" was the fourth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. It was written by Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer, and directed by Paul Jackson. It was first aired on BBC2 on 30 November 1982.

Bomb (kick)

A bomb also known as an up and under or a Garryowen is a type of kick used in various codes of football. As the names suggests, it is a high kick intended to send the ball relatively straight up so players can get under it before it comes down.

Bomb (disambiguation)

A bomb is an explosive device.

Bomb may also refer to:

Bomb (magazine)

Bomb is a quarterly magazine edited by artists and writers. It is composed, primarily, of interviews between creative people working in a variety of disciplines — visual art, literature, music, film, theater and architecture. In addition to interviews, Bomb issues feature new fiction and poetry, several 500-word "Artist on Artist" essays, and a reviews section. Bomb is published by New Art Publications, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Bomb (tank)

Bomb is a Canadian Army Sherman Tank of the 27th Armoured Regiment (The Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment) which landed at D-Day and fought across northwest Europe until the end of World War II, the only Canadian tank that fought without interruption from D-Day to VE Day. Today Bomb is preserved at the William Street Armoury in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Bomb (Village)

Bomb is a village in Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur district.

Usage examples of "bomb".

Except for the annoyance of the bombs, the gunners of the forts had it much their own way until the broadsides of the Pensacola, which showed eleven heavy guns on either side, drew up abreast of them.

In the example of the terrorist bomb, we learned that gravitational forces are indistinguishable from accelerated motion.

If the fan-belt continued a full revolution after the motor stopped, it would still acuate the timing-mechanism, and cause the bomb to explode.

They were declared to be aerial torpedo-boats, and the aeronaut was supposed to swoop close to his antagonist and cast his bombs as he whirled past.

A gang of men, pretending to be agitators, bomb or burn every, factory and mine which attempts to start operations, and terrorize all men who want to go back to work.

They now came up over the big dirigible and tried to plant the last two bombs on her broad back, but the Bullet jerked so badly due to the lost aileron, that the bombs widely missed their marks.

Anyway, Mr Sweet, forget Digby going to your crew even if he is the best bomb aimer in the Squadron.

He had above-average night vision and usually saw pinpoints before the bomb aimer saw them.

Missing the bomb aimer by only an inch, it exploded on contact with the front turrent mounting-ring.

The bomb aimer waited for the largest one - the hospital annex - left, left, steady.

After the bomb aimer went, a gale of great intensity blew through the open hatch into the cockpit.

A bomb aimer was sick in the bar after drinking whisky mixed with rum.

I always believed that no one else except the bomb aimer and myself got out.

Pain, loss of blood and bouts of unconsciousness started to affect the pilot, but the Stirling was kept flying, with the help first of the navigator and then of the bomb aimer, who had himself been stunned in the dive.

Read, ordered four of the crew to bale out over Germany in case Sweden could not be reached, keeping just the bomb aimer to help him cross the Baltic and crash-land near the Swedish town of Ystad.