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nuclear weapon

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  1. an explosive device whose destructive potential derives from the release of energy that accompanies the splitting or combining of atomic nuclei.
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Origin of nuclear weapon

First recorded in 1945–50
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nuclear weapon in Science

nuclear weapon

  1. A weapon whose destructive power comes from nuclear energy; an atomic bomb or a hydrogen bomb.
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nuclear weapon in Culture

nuclear weapon

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

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