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- To bomb an area in such a manner that the ordnance covers the entire area without gaps.
- The infantry were destroyed after the enemy carpet bombed the ground they were occupying.
2008, Conrad Jones, Soft Target: Tank. II, page 237:
- Russian bombers were carpet bombing the ridge directly above them, in a vain attempt to kill the Mujahideen fighters that plagued their operations on the ground.
2010, Ken Welch, Tiger Hound: How We Won the War & Lost the Country, page 52:
- Vietnamese Air Force continued to carpet bomb any base areas that we found to be lucrative targets at the time.
2015, Ram Puniyani, Deconstructing Terrorist Violence: Faith as a Mask:
- Post World War II (WW II), terrorism against the people acquired a new dimension when America bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and later carpet bombed Vietnam with Napalm.
bombing an entire area
- A bomb used in a carpet bombing.
2007, Services Marketing: Text And Cases:
- This multiplicity of outlets work like carpet bombs that leave very little empty space for competition to be comfortable.
2010, William Little, The Psychic Tourist: A Voyage into the Curious World of Predicting the Future:
- What he really means is that the psychics' powers under test functioned more like a carpet bomb than a precision missile.
- A bombing of this kind.
2004, Keats Hanson, James Bond 007: Everything Or Nothing: Prima's Official Strategy Guide:
- This underground arena features switches that trigger lasers, and a carpet bomb of the entire lower and upper levels.
2007, Doug Green, No Wife No Kids No Plan:
- I watched in awe as the pans and glasses exploded halfway across the lawn, erupting from the tarp like a simulated war scenario where the plan of attack was a carpet bomb initiated from the sky.
2014, Jerald Ford, When I Am King, volume 2, page 290:
- They were probably afraid that we would bury them in another carpet bomb of expletives.
a bombing of this kind — see carpet bombing