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Definition of "bombardier" [bom•bar•dier]

  • The member of a combat aircraft crew who operates the bombsight and drops the bombs. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A noncommissioned artillery officer. (noun)
  • Archaic A soldier in the artillery. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bombardier" in a sentence
  • "Zwerin: The navigator guides the pilot there, and the bombardier is the one to line up the plane over the target --"
  • "Although every member of a combat crew contributed to the success of the whole, the pilot was the focus of his fellows 'hopes and fears, for, in bombardier Moritz Thomsen's words, he "held our lives in his hands.""
  • "Later that night at the officer's club, a pilot called the bombardier "yellow," saying he ought to be "kicked out" of the squadron; others present agreed and declared they never wanted to fly with him."