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bombard (n.)

early 15c., "catapult, military engine for throwing large stones" ("The name generally given in Europe to the cannon during the 1st century of its use" - Century Dictionary), from Old French bombarde "mortar, catapult" (14c.), from bombe (see bomb (n.)). The same word, from the same source, was used in English and French late 14c. in reference to the bass shawm, a low-pitched bassoon-like musical instrument, preserving the "buzzing" sense in the Latin.

bombard (v.)

1590s, "to fire heavy guns," from French bombarder, from bombarde "mortar, catapult" (see bombard (n.)). Meaning "attack with heavy ordnance" is from 1680s. Figurative sense "assail persistently" is by 1765. Related: Bombarded; bombarding.

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Definitions of bombard
1
bombard (v.)
cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile;
Synonyms: pelt
bombard (v.)
address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage;
The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer
Synonyms: barrage
bombard (v.)
direct high energy particles or radiation against;
bombard (v.)
throw bombs at or attack with bombs;
Synonyms: bomb
2
bombard (n.)
a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family;
Synonyms: bombardon
From wordnet.princeton.edu