bombardment

When a lot of bombs fall on a city or area, it is a bombardment. But a bombardment can also mean a pummeling with lots of other things: questions, spit balls, or e-mails.

During the early stages of a war, the capital city of the country under attack may suffer a severe bombardment meant to bring on a quick surrender. If there are many casualties or the citizens of the country are treated brutally by the occupying force, military officials may find themselves under a bombardment of questions and accusations about how the war was handled.

Definitions of bombardment
  1. noun
    an attack by dropping bombs
    synonyms: bombing
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    bombing run
    that part of the flight that begins with the approach to the target; includes target acquisition and ends with the release of the bombs
    area bombing, carpet bombing, saturation bombing
    an extensive and systematic bombing intended to devastate a large target
    dive-bombing
    a bombing run in which the bomber releases the bomb while flying straight toward the target
    loft bombing, toss bombing
    a bombing run in which the bomber approaches the target at a low altitude and pulls up just before releasing the bomb
    type of:
    attack, onrush, onset, onslaught
    (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
  2. noun
    the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
    synonyms: barrage, barrage fire, battery, shelling
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    type of:
    fire, firing
    the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
  3. noun
    the act (or an instance) of subjecting a body or substance to the impact of high-energy particles (as electrons or alpha rays)
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    type of:
    radiation
    the act of spreading outward from a central source
  4. noun
    the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)
    “a bombardment of mail complaining about his mistake”
    synonyms: barrage, onslaught, outpouring
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    type of:
    language, linguistic communication
    a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
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