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(bom-bard'),
To expose a substance to particulate or electromagnetic radiations for the purpose of making it radioactive.
[Mediev. L. bombarda, artillery assault, fr. bombus, a booming sound]

bombard

Military
To attack an enemy’s “soft targets”—undefended objects, houses, public buildings—with concentrated artillery with the intent of demoralising civilians and having them pressure their leaders into surrender. Initially defined as use of land-based heavy guns, bombardment has evolved into an equivalent of aerial bombing with the advent of military aviation.
 
Radiation physics
To expose a material to a beam of ionising radiation or highly charged particles.
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Meanwhile, in Dubna, Russia, researchers have experiments under way to produce an isotope of element 110 with a mass of 273 by bombarding plutonium with sulfur.
Nonetheless, despite the great affinity of sulfuric acid for water, a significant fraction of the bombarding molecules of heavy water bounce off instead of sticking.
After bombarding the excited molecules with hydrogen atoms, the Stanford chemists immediately confirm which product they produced by scanning their reaction chamber with an ultraviolet laser, which causes each product of the water-splitting reaction to emit a charateristic fluorescent "signature."
Bombarding nearly perfect single crystals of the oxide in this way enables them to carry up to 100 times more current than untreated crystals, van Dover and Gyorgy say.
As Oganessian and his colleagues describe them, the most recent experiments on element 110 involved bombarding uranium-236 with ions of argon-40.
When Darleane Hoffman and her colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley (Calif.) Laboratory recently produced it by bombarding berkelium-249 with oxygen-18 ions, they created only 47 hahnium-262 isotopes in 800 experiments.