bombard

To bombard is to attack, whether physically (with something like missiles) or metaphorically (with something like questions).

See the word bomb in bombard? That's a clue to its meaning. When a place is bombarded, an enemy could literally be dropping bombs on it. In the days of stoning, people were bombarded with rocks. A politician getting pestered with questions is also being bombarded. You could say a teacher who assigns a lot of homework is bombarding the class with assignments. Bombarding involves a series of attacks; one bomb or one question can't be described as a bombardment.

Primary Meanings of bombard

1.
v
throw bombs at or attack with bombs
2.
n
a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
Full Definitions of bombard
1

v throw bombs at or attack with bombs

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

v cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile

Synonyms:
pelt
Types:
lapidate
throw stones at
snowball
throw snowballs at
egg
throw eggs at
Type of:
throw
propel through the air

v direct high energy particles or radiation against

Type of:
irradiate, ray
expose to radiation

v address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage

“The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer”
Synonyms:
barrage
Type of:
assail, assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe
attack in speech or writing
2

n a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family

Synonyms:
bombardon
Type of:
bass
the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
shawm
a medieval oboe

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