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bomb

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bomb throw bombs at or attack with bombs "The Americans bombed Dresden"
    • v bomb fail to get a passing grade "She studied hard but failed nevertheless","Did I fail the test?"
    • n bomb an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
    • n bomb strong sealed vessel for measuring heat of combustion
    • n bomb an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual "the first experiment was a real turkey","the meeting was a dud as far as new business was concerned"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The British import Spirograph was introduced in the United States in 1967 by Kenner and has racked up millions of dollars in sales. It was invented by a British electronics engineer, Denys Fisher, who was inspired to create the toy while doing research on a new design for bomb detonators for NATO.
    • Bomb A bomb ketch.
    • Bomb A great noise; a hollow sound. "A pillar of iron . . . which if you had struck, would make . . . a great bomb in the chamber beneath."
    • Bomb (Mil) A shell; esp. a spherical shell, like those fired from mortars. See Shell.
    • v. t Bomb To bombard.
    • v. i Bomb To sound; to boom; to make a humming or buzzing sound.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: India tested its first nuclear bomb in 1974.
    • bomb A variant of boom.
    • n bomb A great noise; a loud hollow sound; the stroke of a bell.
    • n bomb An explosive projectile, consisting of a hollow ball or spherical shell, generally of cast-iron, filled with a bursting charge, fired from a mortar, and usually exploded by means of a fuse or tube filled with a slow-burning compound, which is ignited by the exploding powder when the mortar is discharged. Bombs may be thrown in such a direction as to fall into a fort, a city, or an enemy's camp, where they burst with great violence, and often with terrible effect. The length and composition of the fuse must be calculated in such a way that the bomb shall burst the moment it arrives at the destined place. Bombs are now commonly termed shells, though shell in the sense of a projectile has a wider meaning. See shell. Also called bombshell.
    • n bomb Any missile constructed upon similar principles: as, a dynamite bomb.
    • n bomb In geology, a block of scoria ejected from the crater of a volcano.
    • n bomb A small war-vessel carrying mortars for throwing bombs; a bomb-ketch.
    • bomb To attack with bombs; bombard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On November 29, 1941, the program for the annual Army-Navy football game carried a picture of the Battleship Arizona, captioned: "It is significant that despite the claims of air enthusiasts no battleship has yet been sunk by bombs." Today you can visit the site—now a shrine—where Japanese dive bombers sunk the Arizona at Pearl Harbor only nine days later.
    • n Bomb bom or bum a hollow projectile, usually of cast-iron, fired from a mortar, filled with gunpowder and fitted with a time-fuse: any similar missile or case of explosives, as a dynamite bomb
    • n Bomb bom or bum, a hollow projectile, usually of cast-iron, fired from a mortar, filled with gunpowder and fitted with a time-fuse: any similar missile or case of explosives, as a dynamite bomb
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Quotations

  • Joe E. Lewis
    Joe%20E.%20Lewis
    “I would take a bomb, but I can't stand the noise.”
  • George Sweeting
    George Sweeting
    “I lose my temper, but it's all over in a minute, said the student. So is the hydrogen bomb, I replied. But think of the damage it produces!”
  • James Baldwin
    James%20Baldwin
    “There is a sanctity involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it.”
  • Marcel Pagnol
    Marcel Pagnol
    “My advice is to look out for engineers. They begin with sewing machines and end up with nuclear bombs.”
  • Jack Nicholson
    Jack Nicholson
    “A star on a movie set is like a time bomb. That bomb has got to be defused so people can approach it without fear.”
  • John H. Vincent
    John H. Vincent
    “Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.”

Idioms

Walking time-bomb - A person whose behaviour is erratic and totally unpredictable is a walking time-bomb.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bombe, bombshell, fr. L. bombus, a humming or buzzing noise, Gr. ,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bombe—L. bombus—Gr. bombos, a humming sound—an imitative word.

Usage

In literature:

He cast the bomb into the street, but it exploded under the vehicle of his escort, killing several, they say.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
They all made the mistake of worrying about the hydrogen-bomb instead of the sperm-bomb.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
Japanese airmen went up frequently to scan the fortifications and to drop bombs.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
The beams which support the bomb-bed in bomb-vessels.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The Croen has made bombs for the prince's ships.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
In its massive walls were great cavernous bomb-proofs in which the soldiers were secure from bursting shells.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
With them they took two incendiary bombs fitted with time-fuses.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Bombs from air-craft= are some form of high explosive bomb which burst on striking.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Our fellows then threw the bombs, and I can assure you there were many Huns who never got back home again.
"Over the top with the 25th" by R. Lewis
The four advanced steadily, bombing as they went.
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
Just rise up out of danger and drop bombs.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
The left section was about eighty yards away from the enemy and subject to constant bombing and enfilade fire.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
No sufficient weight of bombs could be carried by an aeroplane; the airship was the predestined bombing machine.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
In that case, bombs in hand, at the doorways of these cellars they demand surrender.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
Kick a harmless piece of wood, and in a few seconds a bomb exploded.
"Life in a Tank" by Richard Haigh
Abandon the first floor, acid bombs can't reach.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
It was a bomb from a Hun plane, but it missed its mark.
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
He flew into the exhaust; it went off like a million bombs.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Into the vast mass of creatures, who crowded one another in the river for their share of the spoils, they threw bomb after bomb.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
As he rose, Luke Evans dropped bomb after bomb.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

Said the Miltary skeleton
Buy Star Bombs
Said the Upperclass Skeleton
Starve unmarried moms
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
They thought they hadda bomb!
They thought they hadda bomb!
They thought they hadda bomb!
They thought they hadda bomb!
"Hum Bom!" by Allen Ginsberg
Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough
To get it ready for the plough.
The cabbages are coming now;
The earth exhales.
"Slough" by Sir John Betjeman
Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow
Swarm over, Death!
"Slough" by Sir John Betjeman
Above the rose a halo hung,
As if a bomb had been a gem,
And round the dahlia's head was swung
A blade that looked a diadem.
"The Assault (Amazilia cerviniventris)" by Maurice Thompson
Mid rifle ball and poison bomb,
Shrapnel and shrieking shell,
And all the hell of Kaiserdom,
They charged, while hundreds fell.
"Langemark" by Abner Cosens

In news:

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, which came only a day after the US announced it was sending more troops to Afghanistan.
Nearly two-thirds of the state is ready to bomb Iran to stop that country from developing a nuclear weapon, according to The World-Herald Poll.
So was Cody Ross, hitting a 3-run bomb in the bottom of the 4th, then if that wasn't good enough, Adrian Gonzalez hits a bomb of his own.
Anders Behring Breivik got what he wanted - a prison term instead of an insanity ruling - as he received his sentence Friday for bomb and gun attacks that killed 77 people last year.
Norway mass killer Anders Behring Breivik studied al Qaeda, Oklahoma City bombing before rampage.
On the heaviest night of bombing on the Yugoslav capital of Belgrade since the strike on the Chinese embassy, one of NATO's strikes went awry and hit a local hospital.
Why would Israel bomb Sudan.
How does a script filled with guts and gore and f-bombs become PG-13 animated fare.
Flags are at half mast in Norway and informal memorials have popped up near the bombing site as the country comes to grips with the fact that one of their own carried out attacks that killed at least 92 people.
Airport to Try Electronic Bomb-Sniffing Machine.
(Plus, bombs and weapons can be swabbed for fingerprints to build files on insurgent suspects.
Authorities are investigating a pipe bomb that exploded in Blacksburg, damaging a vehicle parked blocks from Virginia Tech's campus.
Since the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, Dr Lawrence A Farwell has been arguing that terrorist operations can be investigated through careful monitoring of the brain waves emitted by suspects during interrogation.
It kept Londoners laughing even when bombs were falling, and has proved hilarious ever since.
Everyone is talking about bombing Iran, but what would happen afterwards.
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In science:

Especially for those who are not yet convinced about the dangers of nuclear weapons, we would like to recommend the short youtube video on the largest explosion ever, the 60 Megaton hydrogen bomb in Siberia in 1961,, and to Stanley Kubrics masterpiece movie “Dr.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
Strangelove, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb” from 1964 .
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
One consequence is that the required technology to make such highly enriched nuclear fuel will always be faced with the problem of its dual use for bomb making.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
Thus, one is not only confronted with special safety conditions for a large amount of ”bomb” making material but also with a huge amount of fissile material which could under certain conditions reach the critical mass resulting in an uncontrolled chain reaction followed by a nuclear meltdown.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
The amount of fissile material listed in Table 3 should be compared to a few kg required for a Pu239 bomb.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
Since tritium is also a necessary ingredient in hydrogen fusion bombs, there is additional risk that it might be stolen.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
Once the nominal power is obtained, the chain reaction can be regulated using materials with a very high neutron absorption cross section. A much higher enrichment of 20% is required for fast reactors without moderators and up to 90% for bombs.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
President Clinton said, ”The intended victims of this vicious crime stood for everything that is right about our country and the world”. U.S. federal prosecutors have charged 17 people in the bombings.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
Cardoso, V., Dias, O., Lemos, J. and Yoshida, S.: The Black hole bomb and superradiant instabilities (Erratum: Phys.
Axiverse and Black Hole
The extraction of rotational energy and the amplification of the wave at each subsequent reflection trigger what Press and Teukolsky called the “black-hole bomb” instability.
Astrophysical black holes as natural laboratories for fundamental physics and strong-field gravity
To illustrate further, suppose the Earth were blown to bits by a powerful bomb.
The black hole information paradox
The Penrose bomb testing problem I am greatly indebted to Roger Penrose. I have learned very much from his papers, from his exciting books, and from our (too short) conversations. I am most grateful to Roger for developing the idea of Avshalom Elitzur and myself on interaction-free measurements (IFM).
Interaction-Free Measurements
Suppose we have a pile of bombs equipped with super-sensitive triggers.
Interaction-Free Measurements
Some of the bombs are duds in which the mirror is rigidly connected to the massive body of the bomb.
Interaction-Free Measurements
The particle (the bomb) can be present or not.
An Interaction-Free Quantum Shutter
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