Complete Definition of "bomb"

see|Bomb|the bomb|bombe
Image:MK37 Bomb.jpg|thumb|right|A bomb (explosive device).
English

Pronunciation
IPA|/bɑm/
audio|en-us-bomb.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɒm|-ɒm

Etymology
From Ancient Greek βόμβος (bombos) “booming, humming, buzzing” (imitative of the sound itself), also from Latin bombus meaning: a booming sound.

Noun
en-noun

  1. A device filled with explosives used for destroying things.
  2. slang: A failure; an unpopular commercial product.

#: ''That movie was a bomb.

  1. AU|US|colloquial|vehicles A car in poor condition. Used often as old bomb.

#* 2005 August 6, Warm affection for a rust-bucket past, w:Sydney Morning Herald|Sydney Morning Herald 1
#*: "Nowadays, an old bomb simply won’t pass the inspection."

  1. chiefly|British|slang A success; the bomb.

#: Our fabulous new crumpets have been selling like a bomb.

  1. chiefly|British|slang A very attractive woman.
  2. American football A long forward pass.

Usage notes
The diametrical slang meanings are somewhat distinguishable by the article. For “a success”, the phrase is generally the bomb. Otherwise bomb can mean “a failure”.

Synonyms
italbrac-colon|attractive woman bombshell
italbrac-colon|car rust bucket

Derived terms
A-bomb
atom bomb
atomic bomb
car bomb
dirty bomb
H-bomb
hydrogen bomb
neutron bomb
pipe bomb

Translations
trans-top|a device filled with explosives
Bosnian: t-|bs|bomba|f
Chinese: 炸弹 (zhà dàn)
Croatian: t+|hr|bomba|f
Danish: bombe (1) c
Dutch: t+|nl|bom|f
Esperanto: t-|eo|bombo|xs=Esperanto
Estonian: pomm
Finnish: t+|fi|pommi
French: t+|fr|bombe|f
Frisian: bom g|Frisian
Galician: bomba f
German: t+|de|Bombe|f
Greek: βόμβα (vomva) f
Hebrew: פצצה|פְּצָצָה (ptzatza) f
Icelandic: t-|is|spengja|f, t-|is|holkúla|f
Indonesian: t+|id|bom|xs=Indonesian
Interlingua: bomba
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Italian: t+|it|bomba|f
Japanese: 爆弾 (ばくだん, bakudan)
Korean: 폭탄 (爆彈, poktan)
Kurdish: t+|ku|bombe|f, t+|ku|بۆمبا|sc=KUchar
Latin: pyrobolus m, bomba f
Maltese: t-|mt|bomba|f|xs=Maltese
Norwegian: t-|no|bombe|c
Polish: t+|pl|bomba|f
Portuguese: t+|pt|bomba|f
Russian: t+|ru|бомба|f|sc=Cyrl
Serbian:

Slovene: t+|sl|bomba|f
Spanish: t+|es|bomba|f
Swedish: t+|sv|bomb|c
Volapük: boum
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trans-top|an unpopular commercial product
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trans-top|a car in poor condition
Maltese: t-|mt|karakka|f|xs=Maltese
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trans-top|a success
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trans-top|a very attractive woman
Maltese: t-|mt|bomba|f|xs=Maltese
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Slovene: t+|sl|bomba|f
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See also
lemon

Verb
en-verb

  1. transitive To attack something by using one or more bombs; to bombard.
  2. slang To fail spectacularly.

#: Despite all the marketing, our product bombed. Nobody would buy it.
#: Dunce cap bombed his examination yet again.

Derived terms
bomber

Translations
trans-top|to attack with bombs
Chinese: 到炸弹
Danish: t-|da|bombe
Dutch: t+|nl|bombarderen
Esperanto: t-|eo|bombi|xs=Esperanto
Estonian: pommitama
Finnish: t+|fi|pommittaa
French: t+|fr|bombarder
Galician: bombardear, bombear
German: t-|de|bombardieren
Hebrew: לפוצץ (le'fotzetz) to cause a bomb to explode, להפציץ (le'haftzytz) to bombard from the air
Indonesian: bom|membomi, borbardir|memborbardir
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Interlingua: bombardar, bombar
Italian: t+|it|bombardare
Japanese: 爆撃 (ばくげき, bakugeki)
Korean: 폭격하다 [爆擊-] (pokgyeokhada)
Latin: urbem tormentis verberare, bombardare
Norwegian: t-|no|bombe
Polish: bombardować
Portuguese: t-|pt|bombardear, t-|pt|bombear
Slovene: t+|sl|bombardirati
Spanish: t-|es|bombardear, t+|es|bombear
Swedish: bombardera (dated), bomba
Volapük: boumön
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trans-top|fail spectacularly
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Category:Greek derivations


Norwegian

Verb form
bomb

  1. Imperative of bombe#Norwegian|bombe

Category:Norwegian verb forms

ar:bomb
et:bomb
fa:bomb
fr:bomb
ko:bomb
io:bomb
id:bomb
it:bomb
ja:bomb
pl:bomb
ru:bomb
sr:bomb
fi:bomb
sv:bomb
ta:bomb
te:bomb
vi:bomb
tr:bomb
zh:bomb
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