bomb Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “bomb” in the English Dictionary

"bomb" in British English

See all translations

bombnoun

uk   /bɒm/  us   /bɑːm/
  • bomb noun (WEAPON)

B1 [C] a ​weapon that ​explodes and is used to ​kill or ​hurtpeople or to ​damagebuildings: A 100-pound bomb exploded/went off today, ​injuring three ​people. The ​terrorists had planted a bomb near the ​policestation. During World War II, the British dropped a ​hugenumber of bombs on Dresden.the bomb one or more atom bombs: The US was the first ​country to have the bomb.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

bombverb

uk   /bɒm/  us   /bɑːm/
  • bomb verb (USE WEAPON)

B1 [T] to ​drop bombs on something: Planes bombed the ​city every ​night.B1 [T] to ​destroy something by ​exploding a bomb inside it: This ​hotel was bombed a few ​years ago. The ​building was ​completely bombed out (= ​completelydestroyed by a bomb).

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of bomb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bomb" in American English

See all translations

bombnoun [C]

 us   /bɑm/
  • bomb noun [C] (WEAPON)

a ​weapon that ​explodes: Was there any ​warning before the bomb went off?
  • bomb noun [C] (FAIL)

infml a ​completefailure: The last ​play was a bomb.

bombverb

 us   /bɑm/
  • bomb verb (WEAPON)

[T] to ​explode bombs, or to ​drop bombs from ​aircraft: They bombed ​enemy airfields.
  • bomb verb (FAIL)

[I] infml to ​failcompletely: A lot of ​students bombed on that last ​exam.
(Definition of bomb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bomb" in Business English

See all translations

bombnoun [S]

uk   us   /bɒm/ UK informal
cost a bomb to ​cost a lot of ​money: Bank ​loans, if ​available at all, ​cost a bomb.
make a bomb to make a lot of ​money: They made a bomb ​sellingscrap metal.

bombverb [I]

uk   us   /bɒm/ US informal
to ​fail very badly: The movie bombed at the ​boxoffice.
(Definition of bomb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bomb”
in Korean 폭탄…
in Arabic قُنْبُلة…
in Malaysian bom…
in French bombe…
in Russian бомба…
in Chinese (Traditional) 武器, 炸彈, 爆炸裝置…
in Italian bomba…
in Turkish bomba…
in Polish bomba…
in Spanish bomba…
in Vietnamese quả bom…
in Portuguese bomba…
in Thai ลูกระเบิด…
in German die Bombe…
in Catalan bomba…
in Japanese 爆弾…
in Chinese (Simplified) 武器, 炸弹, 爆炸装置…
in Indonesian bom…
What is the pronunciation of bomb?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“bomb” in Business English

Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More