Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An explosive weapon detonated by impact, proximity to an object, a timing mechanism, or other means.
  • n. An atomic or nuclear bomb. Used with the.
  • n. Any of various weapons detonated to release destructive material, such as smoke or gas.
  • n. Football A long forward pass.
  • n. A container capable of withstanding high internal pressure.
  • n. A vessel for storing compressed gas.
  • n. A portable, manually operated container that ejects a spray, foam, or gas under pressure.
  • n. Slang A dismal failure; a fiasco.
  • n. Slang An old car.
  • n. Slang One that is excellent or superior. Used with the.
  • n. Chiefly British Slang A large amount of money.
  • n. Chiefly British Slang A great success.
  • transitive v. To attack, damage, or destroy with or as if with bombs.
  • intransitive v. To drop a bomb or bombs.
  • intransitive v. Slang To fail miserably: The play bombed.
  • intransitive v. Slang To paint a graffito.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An explosive device used or intended as a weapon.
  • n. A failure; an unpopular commercial product.
  • n. A car in poor condition.
  • n. A large amount of money, a fortune.
  • n. A success; the bomb.
  • n. A very attractive woman; a bombshell.
  • n. An action or statement that causes a strong reaction.
  • n. The atomic bomb.
  • n. A long forward pass.
  • n. A heavy-walled container designed to permit chemical reactions under high pressure.
  • n. A jump into water in a squatting position, with the arms wrapped around the legs, for maximum splashing.
  • v. To attack using one or more bombs; to bombard.
  • v. To fail dismally.
  • v. To jump into water in a squatting position, with the arms wrapped around the legs.
  • v. To sound; to boom; to make a humming or buzzing sound.
  • adj. great, awesome

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A great noise; a hollow sound.
  • n. A shell; esp. a spherical shell, like those fired from mortars. See Shell.
  • n. A bomb ketch.
  • transitive v. To bombard.
  • intransitive v. To sound; to boom; to make a humming or buzzing sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A variant of boom.
  • n. A great noise; a loud hollow sound; the stroke of a bell.
  • n. An explosive projectile, consisting of a hollow ball or spherical shell, generally of cast-iron, filled with a bursting charge, fired from a mortar, and usually exploded by means of a fuse or tube filled with a slow-burning compound, which is ignited by the exploding powder when the mortar is discharged.
  • n.
  • n. Any missile constructed upon similar principles: as, a dynamite bomb.
  • n. In geology, a block of scoria ejected from the crater of a volcano.
  • n. A small war-vessel carrying mortars for throwing bombs; a bomb-ketch.
  • To attack with bombs; bombard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fail to get a passing grade
  • v. throw bombs at or attack with bombs
  • n. an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual
  • n. an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
  • n. strong sealed vessel for measuring heat of combustion

Etymologies

French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus, a booming sound, from Greek bombos, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bombe, from Italian bomba, from Latin bombus ("a booming sound"), from Ancient Greek βόμβος (bombos, "booming, humming, buzzing"), imitative of the sound itself. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “We have a situation,” Tyler said, deliberately not using the word bomb for fear of panicking those around him.

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  • That same day another Delta flight to San Diego diverted to Albequerque after a flight attendant found a napkin with the word bomb written on it in the plane's bathroom.

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  • Train evacuated after suspicious package found at Riverstone railway station A COMMUTER train has been evacuated after an "unidentified object" with the word bomb written on it was found on it just after 9am.

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  • According to a sources officers found a box with the word bomb written on it and a bag on top inside one of the carriages on the train.

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  • If we are to win or challenge for the title bomb him out and put Kalou in the same cab. characters left.

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  • I said first of all that never happens, you never know a bomb is about to go off and you have all the information you need to stop it except for one piece from someone in custody.

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  • Fingar, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence, said a decision to make a bomb is a political one that he does not think the Iranian government has made.

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  • Instead of a moment remembered from her past or a meaningful interaction at the market, the impetus for Mariyah to dismantle her bomb is a completely random event.

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  • The main reason why Iran wants the bomb is as a deterrent -- against Israel, which already has one, and against the United States, which seems more aggressive against countries that don't have bombs (Iraq) than against countries that do (North Korea).

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  • Bruce cracks the riddle which says the bomb is at Wayne Towers and rushes over as Batman to find Bane waiting for him.

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Comments

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  • "First, take a quick look at what type of bomb you're dealing with. Does it look like a black bowling ball with a burning fuse? If so, it's a cartoon bomb, and there is nothing to fear. Just let it go off in your hand and respond with a bewildered, hangdog expression and blackface. (This comes off with soap and water.)
    In most cases, though, the device will be a classic time bomb. Federal regulations require that every time bomb include an explosive component, several wires of differing colors, and—since 1973—a clock indicating how much time remains before the explosion. (Thank God for Ralph Nader.) The clock will be either analog (a Latin word meaning 'round') or digital (squarish). The wires will always be red, black, and white, unless they are blue, black, and white, or red, blue, and black or brown."
    - Jim Stallard, 'Bomb Disposal: A Primer', mcsweeneys.net

    December 5, 2008

  • One definition WeirdNET does not list is this one: "A small war vessel carrying mortars for throwing bombs and also known as a bomb-galliot, bomb-ketch, bomb-ship, bomb-vessel, or bombard. See also ketch."
    A Sea of Words

    September 6, 2008

  • Too right kewp. I sent a message in Finland as follows.
    "Please meet Bomb from Tornio train and bring to main entrance of station."
    Lucky I didn't get arrested.

    May 6, 2008

  • Anna

    May 6, 2008

  • "bomb" as verb did not enter common use until WWI.

    December 14, 2006