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From Ancient Greek βόμβος (bombos), “‘booming, humming, buzzing’”), imitative of the sound itself, via [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] bombus (“‘a booming sound’”).
- An explosive device used or intended as a weapon.
- (slang): A failure; an unpopular commercial product.
- That movie was a bomb.
- (Australia and Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A car in poor condition. Used often as old bomb.
- (chiefly Template loop detected: Template:context new 2) A success; the bomb.
- Our fabulous new crumpets have been selling like a bomb.
- (chiefly Template loop detected: Template:context new 2) A very attractive woman; a bombshell.
- (American football) A long forward pass.
- (Chemistry) A heavy-walled container designed to permit chemical reactions under high pressure. "The titanium tetrachloride is then reduced with sodium to form pure metallic titanium (99.9%) by heating TiCl4 with Na in a steel bomb at 700–800 °C in the Hunter process."
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”.
- atom bomb
- atomic bomb
- car bomb
- dirty bomb
- hydrogen bomb
- neutron bomb
- petrol bomb
- pipe bomb
Third person singular
- (transitive) To attack using one or more bombs; to bombard.
- (slang) (intransitive) To fail dismally.
- Despite all the marketing, our product bombed. Nobody would buy it.
- Dunce cap bombed his examination yet again.
- Imperative of bombe
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