I. noun Etymology: Middle English bombarde, from Middle French, probably from Latin bombus Date: 15th century a late medieval cannon used to hurl large stones II. transitive verb Date: 1686 1. to attack especially with artillery or bombers 2. to assail vigorously or persistently (as with questions) 3. to subject to the impact of rapidly moving particles (as electrons) Synonyms: see attackbombardment noun

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  • Bombard — Bom bard, n. [F. bombarde, LL. bombarda, fr. L. bombus + ard. Cf. {Bumper}, and see {Bomb}.] 1. (Gun.) A piece of heavy ordnance formerly used for throwing stones and other ponderous missiles. It was the earliest kind of cannon. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bombard — Bom*bard , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bombarded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bombarding}.] To attack with bombards or with artillery; especially, to throw shells, hot shot, etc., at or into. [1913 Webster] Next, she means to bombard Naples. Burke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bombard — Bom bard, n. [OE. bombarde, fr. F. bombarde.] (Mus.) See {Bombardo}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bombard — index attack Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Bombard — C est dans la Vienne que le nom est le plus répandu, mais il a été porté dans d autres régions, notamment en Île de France. Sens incertain : on peut y voir celui qui utilise une bombarde (instrument de musique ou canon), mais on pensera aussi à… …   Noms de famille

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  • bombard — [v] assault, attack assail, barrage, batter, beset, besiege, blast, blitz, bomb, cannonade, catapult, fire upon, harass, hound, launch, open fire, pester, pound, shell, strafe, strike; concepts 7,19,86 …   New thesaurus

  • bombard — ► VERB 1) attack continuously with bombs or other missiles. 2) subject to a continuous flow of questions or information. 3) Physics direct a stream of high speed particles at (a substance). ► NOUN ▪ an early form of cannon, which fired a stone… …   English terms dictionary

  • bombard — [bäm bärd′; ] for n. [ bäm′bärd΄] vt. [Fr bombarder < bombarde, mortar < bombe,BOMB] 1. to attack with or as with artillery or bombs 2. to keep attacking or pressing with questions, suggestions, etc. 3. to direct a stream of particles at… …   English World dictionary

  • Bombard — Alain Bombard Alain Bombard (27 octobre 1924 à Paris 19 juillet 2005 à Toulon, France) est un médecin et un biologiste français. Il est mondialement connu pour sa traversée en solitaire de l océan Atlantique, d une durée de… …   Wikipédia en Français

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