from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bomb with a detonating mechanism that can be set for a particular time.
  • n. Something that threatens to have an abruptly disastrous outcome in the future.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bomb that has a mechanism such that detonation can be preset to a particular time.
  • n. A situation that threatens to have disastrous consequences at some future time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bomb that has a detonating mechanism that can be set to go off at a particular time
  • n. a problematic situation that will eventually become dangerous if not addressed


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