(1) A large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
(2) Address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage
"The speaker was barraged by an angry audience"
"The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer"
(3) Throw bombs at or attack with bombs
"The Americans bombed Dresden"
(4) Cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile
"They pelted each other with snowballs"
From bombarde bombard (as cannon), itself from βαμβος (bambos) 'shattering'
- a medieval primitive cannon, used chiefly in sieges for throwing heavy stone balls.
- a bassoon-like medieval instrument