Webster 1913 Edition
A piece of heavy ordnance formerly used for throwing stones and other ponderous missiles. It was the earliest kind of cannon.
They planted in divers places twelve great
bombards, wherewith they threw huge stones into the air, which, falling down into the city, might break down the houses.
[Poetic & R.]
A large drinking vessel or can, or a leather bottle, for carrying liquor or beer.
Yond same black cloud, yond huge one, looks like a foul
bombardthat would shed his liquor.
inflated language; bombast.
bombarde, fr. F.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To attack with bombards or with artillery; especially, to throw shells, hot shot, etc., at or into.
Next, she means to
bombardedand burnt down Dieppe.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A piece of short thick ordnance with a large mouth, formerly used; some of them carrying a ball of three hundred pounds weight. It is called also basilisk, and by the Dutch, donderbuss, thunder-gun. But the thing and the name are no longer in use.
2.An attack with bombs; bombardment.
3.A barrel; a drinking vessel.