Definitions

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

  • n. A dessert consisting of two or more layers of variously flavored ice cream frozen in a round or melon-shaped mold.

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  • n. A dessert made from ice cream frozen in a mold.
  • n. An electromechanical device used in early cryptanalysis.

Etymologies

French (from its shape); see bomb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Ices we have, and we have Granger's; but here is ice in every variety, from the solid "bombe" -- which we strongly recommend ladies to bear in mind next time -- to the appetizing _Ponch à la Romaine_!

    The Cockaynes in Paris Or 'Gone abroad'

  • Make Blog has a great roundup of links and coverage for the opening of Bletchley Park's recreation of the Polish "bombe" code-cracking devices that were instrumental in breaking the German Enigma cipher in World War II.

    Boing Boing

  • Italiano · Filippine: il paese paralizzato dalla paura delle bombe

    Global Voices in English » Philippines: Bomb scare grips the country

  • Heroes of Bletchley included Tommy Flowers, who built one of the world's first programmable computers, Colossus, largely using his own funds, and Dr Alan Turing, who designed the bombe cryptanalysis machines.

    Boing Boing

  • NOTE: The cooled curd, whipped cream and meringue also make a delicious frozen bombe: Roughly mash everything together and freeze in a metal bowl for at least 4 hours.

    Easier-Than-Pie Meringue

  • The coconut-mousse bombe: Silly name aside, it is, in fact, the bomb -- a cloud-like concoction of coconut essence around a sphere of semi-sweet chocolate, plated atop wafer-thin pineapple slices, nuzzled against a grown up version of gulab jamun -- a doughnut-like pillow of a cake, sans the sweet sauce.

    Sheila Marikar: Tamarind Tribeca: The Indian Foodie's Mecca

  • Gulab jamun is ordered, as is the coconut-mousse bombe.

    Sheila Marikar: Tamarind Tribeca: The Indian Foodie's Mecca

  • Two Pakistani soldiers have been died and three were injured in a suicide bombe attack near an army vehicle here on Thursday, eye witnesses say.

    Two Pakistani soldiers killed in Kashmir

  • Situated at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, he designed a machine – the bombe - that could decipher Nazi enigma messages much faster than any other machine before it.

    Gordon Brown, Charlie Whelan and Me

  • It was the first fancy meal she had ever had, and she reveled in every morsel, from the quenelles de brochet sauce Nantua to the bombe glacée that came for dessert, rimy and sumptuous on its silver platter.

    Dreaming in French

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