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.

Definitions of bombard
  1. verb
    throw bombs at or attack with bombs
    synonyms: bomb
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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
  2. verb
    cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile
    synonyms: pelt
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    lapidate
    throw stones at
    snowball
    throw snowballs at
    egg
    throw eggs at
    type of:
    throw
    propel through the air
  3. verb
    direct high energy particles or radiation against
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    irradiate, ray
    expose to radiation
  4. verb
    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
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    assail, assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe
    attack in speech or writing
  5. noun
    a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
    synonyms: bombardon
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    bass
    the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
    shawm
    a medieval oboe
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