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nuclear weapon

an explosive device whose destructive potential derives from the release of energy that accompanies the splitting or combining of atomic nuclei.
Origin of nuclear weapon
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If a nuclear weapon goes off, anywhere within a couple of thousand kilometers, the switches will also close.

    Industrial Revolution Poul William Anderson
  • Garson had long favored an all-out radiological attack, employing every nuclear weapon the country could muster.

    Way of a Rebel Walter M. Miller
  • Yet today the bomber, the missile, and the nuclear weapon form the backbone of our military posture.

    The Practical Values of Space Exploration Committee on Science and Astronautics
nuclear weapon in Science
nuclear weapon  
A weapon whose destructive power comes from nuclear energy; an atomic bomb or a hydrogen bomb.
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nuclear weapon definition

Any weapon that employs a nuclear reaction for its explosive power. Nuclear weapons include ballistic missiles, bombs (see atomic bomb and hydrogen bomb), artillery rounds, and mines.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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