- pertaining to or involving atomic weapons: nuclear war.
- operated or powered by atomic energy: a nuclear submarine.
- (of a nation or group of nations) having atomic weapons.
- of, relating to, or forming a nucleus.
- of, relating to, or like the nuclear family: nuclear bonds.
- nuclear energy: switching to nuclear as a power source.
Origin of nuclear
Examples from the Web for nuclear
But I think Steve Austin has to team up with a Japanese holdout to stop a nuclear bomb from going off or something.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
He used negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program as an example.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec 21
December 21, 2014
Gordon G. Chang is a Forbes.com columnist and the author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
Binding the resolution of my case to progress in the nuclear negotiations is profoundly unjust.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
But Hollande was “insistent,” she writes, and “his strength of persuasion was nuclear.”Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
I walked through the park, and back to the nuclear propulsion center.Houlihan's Equation
You have nuclear weapons, something nobody on this planet has.
After returning to their ships, they had opened fire with nuclear missiles.
Nuclear particles are ignored by it; it just sits there thumbing its nose at us.The Untouchable
Stephen A. Kallis
Two ships met head on; at such velocities it was like a nuclear blast.Tulan
Carroll Mather Capps
- of, concerned with, or involving the nucleus of an atomnuclear fission
- biology of, relating to, or contained within the nucleus of a cella nuclear membrane
- of, relating to, forming, or resembling any other kind of nucleus
- of, concerned with, or operated by energy from fission or fusion of atomic nucleia nuclear weapon
- involving, concerned with, or possessing nuclear weaponsnuclear war; a nuclear strike
Word Origin and History for nuclear
1846, "of or like the nucleus of a cell," from nucleus + -ar, probably by influence of French nucléaire. Use in atomic physics is from 1914; of weapons, from 1945. Hence nuclear physics (1933), nuclear energy (1941), nuclear war (1954). Nuclear winter coined by Richard Turco, but first attested in article by Carl Sagan in "Parade" magazine, Oct. 30, 1983. General sense of "central" is from 1912. Nuclear family, originally a sociologists' term, is first attested 1949 in "Social Structure," by American anthropologist G.P. Murdock (1897-1985). Alternative adjective nucleal is recorded from 1840.
- Of or forming a nucleus.
- Of or relating to atomic nuclei.
- Relating to or forming a cell nucleus.
- Relating to atomic nuclei.
- Using energy derived from the nuclei of atoms through fission or fusion reactions.