Primary Meanings of bomb

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

n an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions

Guided Bomb Unit-28
a 5,000 pound laser-guided bomb that can be programmed to penetrate to a given depth before exploding; used to penetrate hardened underground facilities
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A-bomb, atom bomb, atomic bomb, fission bomb, plutonium bomb
a nuclear weapon in which enormous energy is released by nuclear fission (splitting the nuclei of a heavy element like uranium 235 or plutonium 239)
Fugo, balloon bomb
a bomb carried by a balloon
bomblet, cluster bomblet
one of the smaller bombs that are released from a cluster bomb
an explosive bomb or artillery shell
briefcase bomb
a bomb consisting of an explosive and timer hidden inside a briefcase
car bomb
a bomb placed in a car and wired to explode when the ignition is started or by remote control or by a timing device
chemical bomb, gas bomb
a bomb laden with chemical agents that are released when the bomb explodes
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
cruise missile
an unmanned aircraft that is a self-contained bomb
depth bomb, depth charge
a bomb that explodes at a preset depth under water; antisubmarine device
dumb bomb, gravity bomb
a bomb that falls because of gravity and is not guided to a target
anti-personnel bomb, antipersonnel 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
gas shell
(military) bomb consisting of an explosive projectile filled with a toxic gas that is released when the bomb explodes
GP bomb, general-purpose bomb
a large bomb (500 to 2,000 pounds that is 50% explosive) whose explosion creates a blast and whose metal casing creates some fragmentation effect
a small explosive bomb thrown by hand or fired from a missile
H-bomb, fusion bomb, hydrogen bomb, thermonuclear bomb
a nuclear weapon that releases atomic energy by union of light (hydrogen) nuclei at high temperatures to form helium
firebomb, incendiary, incendiary bomb
a bomb that is designed to start fires; is most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel)
letter bomb, package bomb, parcel bomb
a thin explosive device inside an envelope or package and detonated when opened
megaton bomb
a nuclear weapon with an explosive power equivalent to one million tons of TNT
E-bomb, microwave bomb
a bomb that explodes in midair and releases a massive burst of electromagnetic energy sufficient to disable computers and telecommunications without killing people or damaging buildings
penetration bomb
a bomb with about 30% explosive and a casing designed to penetrate hardened targets before the explosive detonates
pipe bomb
a small homemade bomb usually contained in a metal pipe
plastic bomb
a bomb made of plastic explosive
remote-control bomb
a bomb that can be detonated by remote control
smart bomb
a bomb that can be guided (by a laser beam or radio) to its target
smoke bomb, smoke grenade
a bomb that gives off thick smoke when it explodes; used to make a smoke screen or to mark a position
stench bomb, stink bomb
a small bomb designed to give off a foul odor when it explodes
aerosol bomb, fuel-air bomb, thermobaric bomb, vacuum bomb, volume-detonation bomb
a bomb that uses a fuel-air explosive
infernal machine, time bomb
a bomb that has a detonating mechanism that can be set to go off at a particular time
BLU-82, Big Blue
a reliable and deadly 15,000-pound fragmentation bomb that explodes just above ground with a large radius; the largest conventional bomb in existence; used in Afghanistan
a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas (as a city block)
an unexploded bomblet
clean bomb
an atom bomb leaving little or no radioactive contamination
dirty bomb
an atom bomb that leaves considerable radioactive contamination
hand grenade
a grenade designed to be thrown by hand
LGB, laser-guided bomb
a smart bomb that seeks the laser light reflected off of the target and uses it to correct its descent
neutron bomb
atom bomb that produces lethal neutrons with less blast
rifle grenade
a grenade that is thrown from a launching device attached to the barrel of a rifle
Type of:
explosive device
device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
arms, implements of war, munition, weaponry, weapons system
weapons considered collectively

v throw bombs at or attack with bombs

“The Americans bombed Dresden”
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carpet bomb
bomb a large area systematically and extensively
bomb out
make somebody homeless by destroying their houses with bombs
bomb from a diving airplane
bomb by gliding
attack with delayed release bombs
atom-bomb, nuke
bomb with atomic weapons
attack with a hydrogen bomb
bomb in certain patterns
atomise, atomize, nuke, zap
strike at with firepower or bombs
letter bomb
send an explosive to
attack with incendiary bombs
blast, shell
use explosives on
bombard with heavy shells
Type of:
assail, attack
launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

n an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual

dud, turkey
Type of:
bust, fizzle, flop
a complete failure

v fail to get a passing grade

fail, flunk, flush it
fall short in what is expected
judge unacceptable
make it, pass
go successfully through a test or a selection process

n strong sealed vessel for measuring heat of combustion

bomb calorimeter
Type of:
a measuring instrument that determines quantities of heat

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