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Types of bomb, explosive or missile

A-bomb

noun

an atom bomb

atom bomb

noun

a bomb that causes a very large nuclear explosion from the energy it produces by splitting atoms (=breaking them apart)

ballistic missile

noun

a type of missile that travels long distances and cannot be controlled after it has been launched

bomb

noun

a weapon made to explode at a particular time or when it hits something

bomb

noun

relating to or caused by a bomb

booby trap

noun

a hidden bomb designed to kill or injure someone who does not realize it is there. It explodes when someone touches something connected to it.

cannonball

noun

a heavy solid metal or stone ball shot from a cannon

car bomb

noun

a bomb hidden in or under a car

cluster bomb

noun

a bomb dropped from an aircraft that contains a lot of smaller bombs that it sends out over a large area when it explodes

depth charge

noun

a bomb that is designed to explode under water, used especially for destroying a submarine

device

noun

a bomb

dirty bomb

noun

a bomb containing harmful nuclear waste that is sent out when the bomb explodes

doodlebug

noun

a flying bomb used by the Germans for attacking Britain in the Second World War

dud

noun

a bomb or other explosive object that fails to explode

dynamite

noun

a substance used for causing explosions, especially for breaking rock into pieces

firebomb

noun

a bomb that is designed to start a fire when it explodes

fusion bomb

noun

a hydrogen bomb

gelignite

noun

a substance used to cause explosions, especially under water

grenade

noun

a small bomb that someone throws or fires from a gun

guided missile

noun

a missile whose path is controlled by radio signals or by an electronic system on the missile

gunpowder

noun

a substance that is used for causing explosions or for making fireworks (=objects that burn to produce noise and coloured light)

hand grenade

noun

a small bomb that explodes after it has been thrown by hand

H-bomb

noun

hydrogen bomb: a type of nuclear bomb

high explosive

noun

a substance that produces a quick and powerful explosion and is often used in bombs

hydrogen bomb

noun

an extremely powerful type of nuclear bomb

IED

noun

improvised explosive device: a simple bomb that someone, especially a terrorist or guerrilla, has made themselves

incendiary

noun

a bomb or missile that causes a fire when it hits something

landmine

noun

a bomb hidden under the ground that explodes when a person or vehicle moves over it

letter bomb

noun

a small bomb hidden inside a letter

mail bomb

noun

a small bomb sent in a parcel and designed to explode when the parcel is opened

mine

noun

a bomb that is hidden under the ground or under water and explodes when someone or something touches it

missile

noun

a weapon that travels under its own power for long distances and explodes when it hits its target

Molotov cocktail

noun

a simple bomb consisting of a bottle filled with a liquid that you can set on fire and then throw

neutron bomb

noun

a nuclear bomb designed to kill people with strong radiation but to cause little damage to buildings

parcel bomb

noun

a bomb that is made to look like an ordinary parcel

petrol bomb

noun

a bomb consisting of a bottle of petrol with a piece of cloth in its top that someone lights before throwing it

plastic explosive

noun

a soft substance that can explode, or a bomb made from this substance

rocket

noun

a weapon shaped like a tube that flies through the air and explodes when it hits something

SAM

noun

surface to air missile: a powerful weapon that is fired from the ground at flying aircraft

Scud missile

noun

a type of powerful missile used by the armed forces

Semtex

a plastic substance that can be bent into any shape and is used for making bombs

smart bomb

noun

a missile that is controlled by a computer or a laser so that its direction can be changed

smoke bomb

noun

a bomb that creates a cloud of smoke when it explodes

surface-to-air

adjective

used to describe a missile that is fired from the ground or from a ship to hit aircraft or other missiles in the air

time bomb

noun

a bomb that can be set to explode at a particular time

TNT

noun

a chemical used for making powerful explosions

torpedo

noun

a weapon shaped like a tube that is shot under water to hit a ship or a submarine

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