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A bomb (explosive device).
See also Bomb, the bomb, and bombe

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Etymology

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).

Noun

Singular
bomb

Plural
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  1. An explosive device used or intended as a weapon.
  2. (slang): A failure; an unpopular commercial product.
    That movie was a bomb.
  3. (Australia and Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A car in poor condition. Used often as old bomb.
    • 2005 August 6, Warm affection for a rust-bucket past, Sydney Morning Herald [1]
      "Nowadays, an old bomb simply won’t pass the inspection."
  4. (chiefly Template loop detected: Template:context new 2) A success; the bomb.
    Our fabulous new crumpets have been selling like a bomb.
  5. (chiefly Template loop detected: Template:context new 2) A very attractive woman; a bombshell.
  6. (American football) A long forward pass.
  7. (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."

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”.

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Verb

Infinitive
to bomb

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to bomb (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To attack using one or more bombs; to bombard.
  2. (slang) (intransitive) To fail dismally.
    Despite all the marketing, our product bombed. Nobody would buy it.
    Dunce cap bombed his examination yet again.

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Norwegian

Verb form

bomb

  1. Imperative of bombe

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