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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cluster bomb

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Undoubtedly it's the latest shinynew napalm or clusterbomb.
For the past two years, as program manager of the UN Mine Action Coordination Center - South Lebanon (UNMACC-SL), he has been overseeing the clearance of tens of thousands of bomblets scattered over southern Lebanon by Israeli clusterbombs.
In addition to bombs, grenades, rockets and artillery shells, the US also peppered the Afghan countryside with clusterbombs -- an anti-personnel weapon that is notoriously random when it comes to killing.

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