Definitions

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

  • n. A device in a combat aircraft for determining the point at which to drop a bomb in order to strike a target.

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  • n. A device which allows bombs to be accurately dropped from moving aircraft so as to hit a desired target.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a sighting device in an aircraft for aiming bombs.

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

  • n. a sighting device in an aircraft for aiming bombs

Etymologies

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bomb +‎ sight

Examples

  • The British hoped to find out about an effective bombsight they coveted, but they also aimed simply to "create goodwill"—Mr. Phelps provides an appendix with minutes of the group's first meeting—so that the Americans, who were also working on radar development, would lend a hand.

    Allied in the Quest for Radar

  • Maybe there was a zero error bombsight company, but the company that makes reels now made time bombs for drilling.

    Here is your test question for today boys and girls.

  • In 1940, he became an engineer for the Sperry Gyroscope Co. in New York, where he worked on bomber navigation systems and the Norden bombsight mechanism.

    Robert F. Garbarini, engineer and former Western Union executive, dies at age 91

  • He pressed FDR for the military hardware, for which Churchill was desperate: seaplanes, bombers, the Sperry bombsight for British warplanes, and above all the destroyers.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Under the AAF, women were assigned to highly responsible positions including jobs as weather observers and forecasters, cryptographers, radio operators and repairmen, sheet metal workers, parachute riggers, link trainer instructors, bombsight maintenance specialists, aerial photograph analysts and control tower operators.

    Jewish Women in the Military - Jewish Women in the Military - Air Force

  • Furthermore, until nearly the end of the war, the vaunted “pickle barrel” accuracy claimed for the Norden bombsight was more myth than reality.

    Whirlwind

  • Along the way, he taught himself everything worth knowing about the Norden bombsight.

    Whirlwind

  • Impressed by his work with the Sperry Gyroscope Company, in 1920 the Navy asked Norden to develop a gyro-stabilized bombsight to replace the British and American types then in use.

    Whirlwind

  • Despite a long rivalry, the two services had decided to standardize on some items, including a precision bombsight.

    Whirlwind

  • Although each bombardier was an officer trained in the use of the Norden bombsight, only the lead bombardier actually operated this complicated piece of equipment during a bomb run.

    Miss Yourlovin: GIs, Gender, and Domesticity during World War II

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