1. <software> General synonym for crash except that it is not used as a noun. Especially used of software or OS failures. "Don't run Empire with less than 32K stack, it'll bomb".

2. <operating system> Atari ST and Macintosh equivalents of a Unix "panic" or Amiga guru, in which icons of little black-powder bombs or mushroom clouds are displayed, indicating that the system has died. On the Macintosh, this may be accompanied by a decimal (or occasionally hexadecimal) number indicating what went wrong, similar to the Amiga guru meditation number. MS-DOS computers tend to lock up in this situation.

3. <software> A piece of code embedded in a program that remains dormant until it is triggered. Logic bombs are triggered by an event whereas time bombs are triggered either after a set amount of time has elapsed, or when a specific date is reached.

(01 Feb 1996)

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1. A great noise; a hollow sound. "A pillar of iron . . . Which if you had struck, would make . . . A great bomb in the chamber beneath." (Bacon)

2. A shell; especially. A spherical shell, like those fired from mortars. See Shell.

3. A bomb ketch. Bomb chest, a small ketch or vessel, very strongly built, on which mortars are mounted to be used in naval bombardments; called also mortar vessel. Bomb lance, a lance or harpoon with an explosive head, used in whale fishing. Volcanic bomb, a mass of lava of a spherical or pear shape. "I noticed volcanic bombs."

Origin: F. Bombe bombshell, fr. L. Bombus a humming or buzzing noise, Gr.

(01 Mar 1998)

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