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bom·bard

(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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The five-week bombardment of Atlanta, culminating in the Union occupation of the city on September 2, 1864, resulted in more civilian casualties than the shelling of either Petersburg or Charleston.
| A roll of honour of the names of all the 130 Hartlepool people known to have died in the bombardment. | The return to display of objects including the 'Bombardment Clock' - which stopped when it was pierced by a shell fragment - and James Clark's oil painting The Bombardment of the Hartlepools.
The Saudi bombardment in Kitaf area killed 7 members of a family and wounded 4 others, including women and children, the source said.
Young, a retired banker and aviation historian and author, documents the history of the 7th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Corps and its role in strategic bombing during World War II.
A new Bombardment Memorial was unveiled near the Headland lighthouse and wreaths were laid.
The death toll from the bombardment on Talbiseh - which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday - is expected to rise because dozens of people including children were in critical condition, the Observatory said.
"Although he was exhausted from want of food, gas poisoning and food, gas poisoning and his supreme exertions during 10 hours of most severe bombardment, 'ghting and attending to the wounded, Lieutenant Ker refused to surrender until all his ammunition was exhausted and his position was rushed by a large number of the enemy.
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Sitting in the Hartford International Airport with my grandfather, former WWII POW TSgt Hugo Cappelli, 423rd Bomb Squadron, 306 Bombardment Group, 40th Combat Bombardment Wing, 1st Bombardment Division, Thurleigh Airfield, Eight Air Force; Engineer and Top Turret Gunner whose B-17G, "Belle of the Blue," was shot down by German fighters Tuesday, 12 September 1944, at 1128 hours.
It's no secret that the early Earth took a beating from above, but now it seems the planet sustained a longer bombardment than initially thought.