cluster bomb


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cluster bomb

n.
A projectile that, when dropped from an aircraft or fired through the air, releases explosive fragments over a wide area.

cluster bomb

n
(Military) a bomb that throws out a number of smaller bombs or antipersonnel projectiles when it explodes

clus′ter bomb`

a bomb or shell designed to burst in midair and disperse small fragmentation bombs over a wide area.
[1960–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cluster bomb - bomb consisting of a canister that is dropped from a plane and that opens to release a cluster of bomblets (usually fragmentation bombs) over a wide area; "cluster bombs cannot be targeted precisely"
bomb - an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
bomblet, cluster bomblet - one of the smaller bombs that are released from a cluster bomb
antipersonnel bomb, anti-personnel bomb, daisy cutter, fragmentation bomb - a bomb with only 10 to 20 per cent explosive and the remainder consisting of casings designed to break into many small high-velocity fragments; most effective against troops and vehicles
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Summary: Israel handed over to United Nations peacekeepers maps of where it dropped cluster bombs in Lebanon during the 2006 war with Shiite group Hezbollah, the UNIFIL peacekeeping force said late Tuesday.
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