WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bomb /bɑm/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Militarya case filled with an explosive and used as a weapon.
- an aerosol can and its contents:A bug bomb contains spray that kills bugs.
- an absolute failure:That show was a complete bomb and closed in a few days.
- British TermsBrit. a success;
hit:That show was a complete bomb and sold hundreds of tickets every night.
- the bomb, [countable; singular]
- to hurl bombs at or drop bombs upon:[~ + object]the day they bombed Pearl Harbor.
- [Slang.]to defeat decisively;
trounce:[~ + object]We played against our teachers and bombed them fifty-five to nothing.
- [no object] Slang. to fail completely;
flop: The play bombed in Boston.
(bom),USA pronunciation n.
- [Mil.]a projectile, formerly usually spherical, filled with a bursting charge and exploded by means of a fuze, by impact, or otherwise, now generally designed to be dropped from an aircraft.
- any similar missile or explosive device used as a weapon, to disperse crowds, etc.:a time bomb; a smoke bomb.
- Also called volcanic bomb. [Geol.]a rough spherical or ellipsoidal mass of lava, ejected from a volcano and hardened while falling.
- See aerosol bomb.
- [Football.]a long forward pass, esp. one to a teammate who scores a touchdown.
- an absolute failure;
fiasco:The play was a bomb and closed after two performances.
- [Chiefly Brit.]an overwhelming success:The novel is selling like a bomb.
- [Jazz.]a sudden, unexpected accent or rhythmic figure played by a drummer during a performance.
- a lead or lead-lined container for transporting and storing radioactive materials.
- the bomb:
- See atomic bomb.
- nuclear weapons collectively.
- Computinga spectacular program or system failure.
- [Slang.]a powerful automobile or other vehicle.
- to hurl bombs at or drop bombs upon, as from an airplane;
bombard:The enemy planes bombed the city.
- to explode by means of a bomb or explosive.
- Computingto deliberately cause (a computer system) to fail with a program written for the purpose.
- to hurl or drop bombs.
- to explode a bomb or bombs.
- [Slang.]to be or make a complete failure, esp. to fail to please or gain an audience;
flop (sometimes fol. by out):His last play bombed on Broadway. The business bombed out with a $25,000 debt.
- Computing(of a computer program or system) to fail spectacularly.
- [Informal.]to move very quickly:They came bombing through here on their motorcycles at 2 a. m.
- Greek bómbos
- Latin bombus a booming sound
- Spanish bomba (de fuego) ball (of fire), akin to bombo drum
- 1580–90; 1960–65 for def. 17; earlier bom(b)e
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bomb /bɒm/ n
- a hollow projectile containing an explosive, incendiary, or other destructive substance, esp one carried by aircraft
- (as modifier): bomb disposal, a bomb bay
- (in combination): a bombload, bombproof
- any container filled with explosive: a car bomb, a letter bomb
- the bomb ⇒ a hydrogen or atomic bomb considered as the ultimate destructive weapon
- slang something excellent: it's the bomb
- a round or pear-shaped mass of volcanic rock, solidified from molten lava that has been thrown into the air
- a container for radioactive material, applied therapeutically to any part of the body: a cobalt bomb
- Brit slang a large sum of money (esp in the phrase make a bomb)
- US Canadian slang a disastrous failure: the new play was a total bomb
- Austral NZ slang an old or dilapidated motorcar
- a very long high pass
- (in rugby union) another term for up-and-under
- like a bomb ⇒ Brit NZ informal with great speed or success; very well (esp in the phrase go like a bomb)
Etymology: 17th Century: from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus a booming sound, from Greek bombos, of imitative origin; compare Old Norse bumba drum
- to attack with or as if with a bomb or bombs; drop bombs (on)
- (intr; often followed by off, along, etc) informal to move or drive very quickly
- (intransitive) slang to fail disastrously; be a flop
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