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
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n an attack by dropping bombs

Synonyms:
bombing
Types:
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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)

n the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target

Synonyms:
barrage, barrage fire, battery, shelling
Type of:
fire, firing
the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

n the act (or an instance) of subjecting a body or substance to the impact of high-energy particles (as electrons or alpha rays)

Type of:
radiation
the act of spreading outward from a central source

n the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)

“a bombardment of mail complaining about his mistake”
Synonyms:
barrage, onslaught, outpouring
Type of:
language, linguistic communication
a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols

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