Definition of bomb noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɒm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːm//
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  1. 1   [countable] a weapon designed to explode at a particular time or when it is dropped or thrown a bomb attack/blast/explosion a bomb goes off/explodes extensive bomb damage Hundreds of bombs were dropped on the city. see also cherry bomb, dirty bomb See related entries: Weapons
  2. 2 the bomb [singular] nuclear weapons (atomic or hydrogen bombs) countries which have the bomb See related entries: Weapons
  3. 3a bomb [singular] (British English, informal) a lot of money That dress must have cost a bomb! Some company directors make an absolute bomb.
  4. 4a bomb [singular] (North American English, informal) a complete failure The musical was a complete bomb on Broadway.
  5. 5[countable] (North American English) (in American football) a long forward throw of the ball See related entries: American football
  6. 6[countable] (North American English) a container in which a liquid such as paint or insect poison is kept under pressure and released as a spray or as foam a bug bomb (= used for killing insects) More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  7. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus ‘booming, humming’, from Greek bombos, of imitative origin.Extra examples A terrorist bomb ripped through the town’s packed shopping centre. Eighty people died when bombs rained down on the city’s crowded streets. Enemy planes dropped bombs along the railway line. Fifteen people were blown to pieces by the car bomb. He described global warming as ‘an environmental time bomb ticking away’. He used a clock to make a home-made bomb. India started to build a nuclear bomb. Police suspect terrorists planted the bomb. The bombs were strapped to their chests. The land was scarred with bomb craters. The plane had been adapted to carry bombs. The suspect was apprehended for planting a fake bomb in a bus terminal. Their truck was hit by a stray bomb. a practice flight with dummy bombs the fallout from atomic bomb tests The building was evacuated after a bomb scare. There was no warning of the bomb blast which ripped through the packed station.Idioms (North American English) to be very good; to be the best Check out the new website. It's the bomb!
    go down a bomb, go (like) a bomb
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    (British English) to be very successful Our performance went down a bomb. The party was really going (like) a bomb. Her new novel is going like a bomb (= selling well).
    (British English) (of a vehicle) to go very fast
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