From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"I know of no bomb other than a book" – Stéphane Mallarmé
A bomb is any of a range of explosive weapons that only rely on the exothermic reaction of an explosive material to provide an extremely sudden and violent release of energy (an explosive device). Detonations inflict damage principally through ground- and atmosphere-transmitted mechanical stress, the impact and penetration of pressure-driven projectiles, pressure damage, and explosion-generated effects.
- The diametrical slang meanings are somewhat distinguishable by the article. For “a success”, the phrase is generally the bomb. Otherwise bomb can mean “a failure”.
- Bomb attack
- Atomic bomb
- Sex bomb
- Ticking time bomb scenario
- The bomber will always get through