from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A projectile that, when dropped from an aircraft or fired through the air, releases explosive fragments over a wide area.
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- n. Explosive munition designed to explode in the air and release a cluster of smaller explosives, thus spreading the blast over a larger area.
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- n. bomb consisting of a canister that is dropped from a plane and that opens to release a cluster of bomblets (usually fragmentation bombs) over a wide area
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Toward the end I bring up the just-verified cluster bomb issue: What’s shocking and I would say to me, completely immoral, is that ninety percent of the cluster bomb strikes occurred in the last seventy-two hours of the conflict, when we knew there would be a resolution, when we really knew there would be an end to this.