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bombast


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bombast  \Bom"bast\,  a. 
  High-sounding;  inflated;  big  without  meaning;  magniloquent; 
  bombastic. 
 
  [He]  evades  them  with  a  bombast  circumstance,  Horribly 
  stuffed  with  epithets  of  war.  --Shak. 
 
  Nor  a  tall  metaphor  in  bombast  way  --Cowley. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bombast  \Bom"bast\  (b[o^]m"b[.a]st  or  b[u^]m"b[.a]st;  277),  n. 
  [OF.  bombace  cotton,  LL  bombax  cotton,  bombasium  a  doublet 
  of  cotton;  hence  padding,  wadding,  fustian.  See 
  {Bombazine}.] 
  1.  Originally,  cotton,  or  cotton  wool.  [Obs.] 
 
  A  candle  with  a  wick  of  bombast.  --Lupton. 
 
  2.  Cotton,  or  any  soft,  fibrous  material,  used  as  stuffing 
  for  garments;  stuffing;  padding.  [Obs.] 
 
  How  now  my  sweet  creature  of  bombast!  --Shak. 
 
  Doublets,  stuffed  with  four  five  or  six  pounds  of 
  bombast  at  least.  --Stubbes. 
 
  3.  Fig.:  High-sounding  words  an  inflated  style;  language 
  above  the  dignity  of  the  occasion;  fustian. 
 
  Yet  noisy  bombast  carefully  avoid.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bombast  \Bom*bast"\  (b[o^]m*b[.a]st"  or  b[u^]m*b[.a]st"),  v.  t. 
  To  swell  or  fill  out  to  pad;  to  inflate.  [Obs.] 
 
  Not  bombasted  with  words  vain  ticklish  ears  to  feed. 
  --Drayton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bombast 
  n  :  pompous  or  pretentious  talk  or  writing  [syn:  {fustian},  {rant}, 
  {claptrap},  {blah}] 




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