bomb ( bombs plural & 3rd person present) ( bombing present participle) ( bombed past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A bomb is a device which explodes and damages or destroys a large area.
Bombs went off at two London train stations..., It's not known who planted the bomb..., Most of the bombs fell in the south..., There were two bomb explosions in the city overnight.
2 n-sing Nuclear weapons are sometimes referred to as the bomb.
They are generally thought to have the bomb.
3 verb When people bomb a place, they attack it with bombs.
Airforce jets bombed the airport. V n
bombing ( bombings plural) n-var
Aerial bombing of rebel positions is continuing..., There has been a series of car bombings.
petrol bomb →
pipe bomb bomb out phrasal verb If a building or area is bombed out, it is destroyed by bombs. If people are bombed out, their houses are destroyed by bombs. London had been bombed out... be V-ed P →
A-bomb ( A-bombs plural ) An A-bomb is an atomic bomb. n-count
atomic bomb ( atomic bombs plural )
The form atom bomb is also used, mainly in British English. An atomic bomb or an atom bomb is a bomb that causes an explosion by a sudden release of energy that results from splitting atoms. n-count
Bomb disposal is the job of dealing with bombs which have not exploded, by taking out the fuse or by blowing them up in a controlled explosion. n-uncount usu N n
...an Army bomb disposal squad.
bomb site ( bomb sites plural ) , bombsite A bomb site is an empty area where a bomb has destroyed all the buildings. n-count
In London, where I grew up, we were surrounded by bomb sites.
car bomb ( car bombs plural ) A car bomb is a bomb which is inside a car, van, or truck. n-count
cluster bomb ( cluster bombs plural ) A cluster bomb is a type of bomb which is dropped from an aircraft. It contains a large number of smaller bombs that spread out before they hit the ground. n-count
dirty bomb ( dirty bombs plural ) A dirty bomb is a nuclear bomb that uses explosives to release radioactive material over a wide area. n-count
dive-bomb ( dive-bombs 3rd person present) ( dive-bombing present participle) ( dive-bombed past tense & past participle ) If a plane dive-bombs an area, it suddenly flies down low over it to drop bombs onto it. verb
The Russians had to dive-bomb the cities to regain control. V n, Also V
H-bomb ( H-bombs plural ) An H-bomb is a bomb in which energy is released from hydrogen atoms. n-count
hydrogen bomb ( hydrogen bombs plural ) A hydrogen bomb is a nuclear bomb in which energy is released from hydrogen atoms. n-count
letter bomb ( letter bombs plural ) A letter bomb is a small bomb which is disguised as a letter or parcel and sent to someone through the post. It is designed to explode when it is opened. n-count
logic bomb ( logic bombs plural ) A logic bomb is an unauthorized program that is inserted into a computer system so that when it is started it affects the operation of the computer. (COMPUTING) n-count
nail bomb ( nail bombs plural ) A nail bomb is a bomb which contains nails that are intended to cause a lot of damage and injury when the bomb goes off. n-count
neutron bomb ( neutron bombs plural ) A neutron bomb is a nuclear weapon that is designed to kill people and animals without a large explosion and without destroying buildings or causing serious radioactive pollution. n-count
parcel bomb ( parcel bombs plural ) A parcel bomb is a small bomb which is sent in a parcel through the post and which is designed to explode when the parcel is opened.
petrol bomb ( petrol bombs plural ) A petrol bomb is a simple bomb consisting of a bottle full of petrol with a cloth in it that is lit just before the bottle is thrown.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
in AM, use Molotov cocktail
pipe bomb ( pipe bombs plural ) A pipe bomb is a small bomb in a narrow tube made by someone such as a terrorist. n-count
smoke bomb ( smoke bombs plural ) A smoke bomb is a bomb that produces clouds of smoke when it explodes. n-count
time bomb ( time bombs plural ) , time-bomb
1 n-count A time bomb is a bomb with a mechanism that causes it to explode at a particular time.
2 n-count If you describe something as a time bomb, you mean that it is likely to have a serious effect on a person or situation at a later date, especially if you think it will cause a lot of damage.
oft adj N
This proposal is a political time bomb that could cost the government the next election...