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bom·bard

 (bŏm-bärd′, bəm-)
tr.v. bom·bard·ed, bom·bard·ing, bom·bards
1. To attack with bombs, shells, or missiles.
2. To assail persistently; harass: "[patients] bombarded with bewildering terms like 'managed competition' and 'risk selection'" (Carla Cantor). See Synonyms at barrage2.
3. To irradiate (an atom).
4. To attack with a cannon firing stone balls.
n. (bŏm′bärd′)
An early form of cannon that fired stone balls.

[From Middle English, a bombard, from Old French bombarde, from Medieval Latin bombarda, probably from Latin bombus, a booming sound; see bomb.]

bom·bard′er n.
bom·bard′ment n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bombardment - the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written); "a barrage of questions"; "a bombardment of mail complaining about his mistake"
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
2.bombardment - the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific targetbombardment - the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target; "they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops"; "the shelling went on for hours without pausing"
firing, fire - the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
3.bombardment - the act (or an instance) of subjecting a body or substance to the impact of high-energy particles (as electrons or alpha rays)
radiation - the act of spreading outward from a central source
4.bombardment - an attack by dropping bombsbombardment - an attack by dropping bombs    
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
bombing run - that part of the flight that begins with the approach to the target; includes target acquisition and ends with the release of the bombs
area bombing, carpet bombing, saturation bombing - an extensive and systematic bombing intended to devastate a large target
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bombardment

noun bombing, attack, fire, assault, shelling, blitz, barrage, flak, strafe, fusillade, cannonade The city has been flattened by regular artillery bombardments.
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bombardment

noun
A concentrated outpouring, as of missiles, words, or blows:
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Translations
إمْطار، قَذْفٌ بالقِنابِل
dělostřelecká palbakanonáda
bombardement
bombázás
stórskotaárás; spurningahríî
bombardovanie
bombardımantopa tutma

bombardment

[bɒmˈbɑːdmənt] N (Mil) → bombardeo m
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bombardment

[ˌbɒmˈbɑːrdmənt] nbombardement m
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bombardment

n (Mil) → Bombardierung f (also fig), → Bombardement nt; (Phys) → Beschießen nt
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bombardment

[bɒmˈbɑːdmənt] nbombardamento
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bombard

(bəmˈbaːd) verb
1. to attack with artillery. They bombarded the town.
2. to direct questions etc at. The reporters bombarded the film star with questions.
bomˈbardment noun
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And being no stranger to the art of war, I gave him a description of cannons, culverins, muskets, carabines, pistols, bullets, powder, swords, bayonets, battles, sieges, retreats, attacks, undermines, countermines, bombardments, sea fights, ships sunk with a thousand men, twenty thousand killed on each side, dying groans, limbs flying in the air, smoke, noise, confusion, trampling to death under horses' feet, flight, pursuit, victory; fields strewed with carcases, left for food to dogs and wolves and birds of prey; plundering, stripping, ravishing, burning, and destroying.
The bombardment of Port Royal, heard and felt at St.
As we stood there, momentarily forgetful of all else than our new found happiness, the ferocity of the bombardment increased until scarce thirty seconds elapsed between the shells that rained about the palace.
"I have thought of that," said I, for I made sure he was thinking of a bombardment of the fort.
"At length," continued Grandfather, "in March, 1776, General Washington, who had now a good supply of powder, began a terrible cannonade and bombardment from Dorchester Heights.
Then commenced a bombardment which brought forth earthshaking roars from Numa.
This bombardment drew Saber-Tooth's attention to us and made him angrier than ever.
They were geological experts sent to investigate the old question of the alleged supply of gold from the rocks round here, upon which (as it was said) the small city-state had so long maintained its credit and been able to negotiate with its neighbours even under the ceaseless bombardment of bigger armies.
I beseeched the varlets not to twist all my joints asunder; I iterated, reiterated, even swore to them that I did not wish to beat any body to the top; did all I could to convince them that if I got there the last of all I would feel blessed above men and grateful to them forever; I begged them, prayed them, pleaded with them to let me stop and rest a moment--only one little moment: and they only answered with some more frightful springs, and an unenlisted volunteer behind opened a bombardment of determined boosts with his head which threatened to batter my whole political economy to wreck and ruin.
The people did not at once realize the meaning of this bombardment.
They had to trust to the pressure upon the authorities below of a threat to renew the bombardment. It was their sole resource.
Yelling for vengeance, the three men rushed out into the night, and the bombardment began.