Adjective "bomb" definition and examples

(Bomb may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/bɒm/

Definitions and examples

noun

A container filled with explosive or incendiary material, designed to explode on impact or when detonated by a timing, proximity, or remote-control device.
  1. 'It is why they blow up big bombs in civilian crowds.'
  2. 'Not all of the bombs detonated on impact, and many still lie in the ground here.'
  3. 'It was later discovered that the bombs were practice bombs, filled with concrete or plaster, rather than explosives.'
  4. 'He would fill the cores of bombs with explosives, and part of his job was to go to the aboveground nuclear tests in Nevada.'
  5. 'A passenger said the sound of the impact sounded like a bomb exploding.'
  6. 'But even the remote controlled bombs are not the perfect weapon.'
  7. 'In the warehouse, Morriss's trap detonated, and a bomb exploded.'
  8. 'Those left behind learned to live with the fear of explosive or incendiary bombs.'
  9. 'A guard activated a radio-jamming device immediately so the bomb couldn't be detonated, West wrote.'
  10. 'The majority of guerrilla attacks on US occupation forces have been carried out by remotely detonated bombs or rocket-propelled grenades.'
  11. 'A bomb or a missile explodes, spreading the chemical or biological agent over a wide area.'
  12. 'The dirty bomb was made from a material called radioactive zirconium which was packed into a bomb casing with high explosives.'
  13. 'The second night attack, which used high explosive and incendiary bombs alternately, caused the first man-made firestorm which affected an area of 22sq.km.'
  14. 'He said the bomb was detonated by remote control.'
  15. 'A deadly manuscript bomb set off in an American city.'
  16. 'But the owner used his telecommunications expertise to prepare the mobile phones that detonated the train bombs by remote control.'
  17. 'The employment of car and truck bombs demonstrates a level of expertise that perhaps would suggest the involvement of well-trained terrorists.'
  18. 'Recent attempted van bomb attacks were foiled in Derry and Belfast.'
  19. 'Car bombs are a very significant part, car bombs, truck bombs, explosive devices.'
  20. 'He made sure of that when he sent her a package bomb that blew off her hands and nearly killed her.'
  21. 'They also discuss how to make a pressure cooker bomb and using a Walkman headset into a bobby-trapped device.'
  22. 'Despite the unarguable logic of the bomb, nuclear wars don't happen.'
  23. 'The age of the bomb, and of other weapons of mass destruction (chemical and biological) continues.'
  24. 'Harry Truman, who made the decision to use it, shared with the electorate the opinion that the bomb was a legitimate weapon.'
  25. 'Of little military significance, the city of 250,000 provided a good test of the bomb's destructiveness.'
  26. 'Let me say that I have a strong but constructive critique against parts of the traditional left with regard to their attitude to the bomb and nuclear power.'
A lump of lava thrown out by an erupting volcano.
  1. 'The party ran out of the palace and looked up in the sky and saw a swarm of what looked like lava bees holding lava bombs.'
  2. 'Everyone else gets going out of the way of the lava bombs and lava flows.'
  3. 'For longer range work I will use a semi-fixed bomb for weights up to 1/2 ounce.'
A large sum of money.
  1. 'Soft-toys available in upmarket shops cost a bomb, whereas the toys here are priced at a very affordable range.'
  2. 'The place was very small, and the drinks cost a bomb!'
  3. 'Drinks run the gamut from Manhattans to Martinis but shaken or stirred they cost a bomb.'
  4. 'Of course, some of them cost a bomb, but their effect in a home makes up for everything.'
  5. 'LCD televisions are all the rage, but a space-saving panel with a picture to rival your traditional set will cost a bomb.'
  6. 'They may be high fashion, and they may well cost a bomb, but they are, fundamentally, half your basic shell suit.'
  7. 'And here's your workstation - it cost a bomb, and it's the latest and fastest, I believe.'
A film, play, or other event that fails badly.
  1. 'And while expensive star signings have won lacklustre ratings, the channel's film arm has produced a string of critical and commercial bombs.'
An outstandingly good person or thing.
  1. 'I played using more of the lower register, which is totally DA BOMB on my violin, and I really need to do that more often.'
  2. 'This year's poster looks good online sure, but the real-deal is totally the bomb.'
  3. 'From what I've seen and heard about her on the show, I think she is the bomb.'
A long forward pass or hit in a ball game.
  1. 'Loose forward Lee Charlton hoisted a huge bomb to the posts and Birky full back Morton Robinson lost the ball under pressure.'
  2. 'They nudged further ahead when Steve Prescott converted after Vaikona knocked forward a bomb to an off-side Lee Radford.'
  3. 'Moreover, it's responsible for inducing a leaguewide abandonment of the most entertaining play in football: the long bomb.'
  4. 'On the second play of the second half, Manning took advantage of a dazed Aaron Glenn and hit Wayne on a 57-yard bomb.'
  5. 'Passing the bomb between teammates and trying to setup plays is really cool!'
  6. 'The ball finds its way to Hedman, who launches a bomb down the middle.'
  7. 'Stand off Andy Hirst caused panic in the home defence with a high bomb which was scrambled out of play.'
  8. 'His right arm had enough juice to fire a 50-yard crossfield bomb to Connell at the goal line for the score.'
  9. 'Sharks captain David Peachey brought his side back into the match with a try just three minutes later as he chased down a Jason Kent bomb which Burt failed to contest.'
  10. 'Vincanity has been taking all sorts of heat for the Raptors losing streak but Carter was dropping bombs last night, scoring 43.'
A cannabis cigarette.

    verb

    Attack (a place or object) with a bomb or bombs.
    1. 'Villages were bombed from the air and a town was shelled from a cruiser at sea.'
    2. 'This means bombing the industrial cities, torpedoing the Atlantic convoys.'
    3. 'Before the Sri Lankan army captured Jaffna in 1995, the Air Force indiscriminately bombed civilian areas in the city.'
    4. 'The area was heavily bombed in the Blitz, and later heavily redeveloped.'
    5. 'We strafed and bombed the city until 23,000 of them were dead.'
    6. 'In retrospect, with 20/20 hindsight, people now understand that he should have bombed the camps.'
    7. 'Traditionally, cities being bombed turn off all their lights.'
    8. 'The next occasion Bangkok heard the drone of Allied bombers was 19 December when the dock area was bombed at night.'
    9. 'But what if on arrival, their meeting place were bombed and all 21 were killed?'
    10. 'Moments after they left, the Yugoslav air force began bombing the city.'
    11. 'What are their living conditions going to be like after we bomb them out?'
    12. 'He said that the heart of Derry had been bombed out, several hundred soldiers had been hospitalised and that not one arrest had been made.'
    13. 'We were war time babies and spent the time running from house to house as we were bombed out,’ Ron reminisced.'
    14. 'The implication is that you don't have an ethical right to bomb them out of their ability to retaliate against you.'
    Move very quickly.
    1. 'It is the concern of the bank that prices have bombed along despite expectations to the contrary, he said.'
    2. 'He bombs about with the other dogs and is so determined to do whatever they do but he is really clumsy, which has landed him in bother.'
    3. 'Johnny Wright came bombing down the right wing and played the ball into Gerard McCargo who curled a sweet left foot shot in off the post.'
    4. 'After beating Andre Ooijer the Frenchman crossed for Silva to finish at the far post after bombing forward.'
    (of a film, play, or other event) fail badly.
    1. 'It opened in only 700 theatres across the country and quickly bombed.'
    2. 'The film bombed, much to his disappointment, and he went back to school.'
    3. 'Sadly, Revolution bombed heavily at the box office, although it had been beautifully shot and directed.'
    4. 'The hugely expensive film bombed so badly that one of Hollywood's most venerable companies, United Artists, was destroyed.'
    5. 'It bombed so badly he almost started drinking again.'
    6. 'But movies that bombed at the box office yet had young adult cult appeal, are perfect Internet candidates.'
    7. 'Since the film bombed, I don't think we'll be seeing more of Riddick in the near future.'
    8. 'Unfortunately, this big-budget movie bombed miserably in the box office and the producer burned his fingers.'
    9. 'Whether Hughes enjoyed the joke is doubtful; expectation was meteoric and he stood to lose a fortune if the film bombed.'
    10. 'However, many of his latest movies have bombed at the box-office.'

    More definitions

    1. Military. 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.

    2. any similar missile or explosive device used as a weapon, to disperse crowds, etc.: a time bomb; a smoke bomb.

    3. Also called volcanic bomb. Geology. a rough spherical or ellipsoidal mass of lava, ejected from a volcano and hardened while falling.

    4. weather bomb.

    5. aerosol bomb. 6

    More examples(as adjective)

    "members can be bomb."

    "blasts can be bomb."

    "attacks can be bomb."

    Origin

    Late 17th century: from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus ‘booming, humming’, from Greek bombos, of imitative origin.

    Phrase

    go down a bomb
    go like a bomb
    look like a bomb's hit it