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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Bomb


BOMB, [Latin bombus.] A great noise.

1. A large shell of cast iron, round and hollow, with a vent to receive a fusee, which is made of wood. This being filled with gunpowder and the fusee driven into the vent, the fusee is set on fire and the bomb is thrown from a mortar, in such a direction as to fall into a fort, city or enemy's camp, when it bursts with great violence and often with terrible effect. The inventor of bombs is not known; they came into common use about the year 1634.

2. The stroke upon a bell.

BOMB, verb transitive To attack with bombs; to bombard. [Not used.]

BOMB, verb intransitive To sound.