bombproof

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bomb +‎ -proof

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bombproof (plural bombproofs)

  1. An air-raid shelter, a structure designed to give protection against air raids and bombs.
    • 1915, Edward Lyell Fox, Behind the Scenes in Warring Germany
      As I waded through the mud to go down into the bombproof, it struck me uneasily that our officers glanced at each other.
    • 1994, Stephen R. Wise, Gate of Hell: Campaign for Charleston Harbor, 1863, page 160:
      At night, when the Federal guns slowed their fire, the men created new traverses and bombproofs.
    • 2014, Kevin Dougherty, Military Leadership Lessons of the Charleston Campaign, 1861-1865
      It mounted a 10-inch Columbiad and two 32-pounders on the sea face, with field guns and other 32-pounders elsewhere. In addition to this armament, it contained two bombproofs.

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bombproof (comparative more bombproof, superlative most bombproof)

  1. Sufficiently strong to resist the effects of a blast from a bomb.
    bombproof buildings

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