"You should have nuked him," Leno said, prompting Bush to giggle.
short for nuclear weapon, 1959, U.S. military slang (see nuclear). The verb is attested from 1962; the slang sense of "to cook in a microwave oven" is from 1987. Related: Nuked; nuking.
A nuclear device or facility; nuclear weapon; nuclear power plant (1959+)