- a nuclear or thermonuclear weapon.
- a nuclear power plant or nuclear reactor.
- nuclear energy: to convert from coal to nuke.
- of or relating to a nuclear or thermonuclear weapon or to a nuclear plant.
- to attack, defeat, or destroy with or as if with nuclear weapons.
- Slang. to cook or bake in a microwave oven.
Origin of nuke
Examples from the Web for nukes
As indeed it now turns out was the case with nukes and the Cold War.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
I had a fleeting image of long hair, jeans and a “No Nukes” placard.Truman’s Grandson & Japan’s A-Bomb Survivors: A Story of Reconciliation
Clifton Truman Daniel
August 5, 2014
Yes, Israel has nukes, and that technology has made Israel safe from symmetrical attack.Memo to Bibi Netanyahu: It’s Time to Build an Arsenal of Awe
December 2, 2013
The Soviets stopped setting off nukes at Nova Zembla after that, owing to international pressure.Pale Fire and the Cold War: Redefining Vladimir Nabokov’s Masterpiece
October 13, 2013
Specifically, Mr. Obama, you said your policy on Iranian nukes was “prevention,” not “containment” or “deterrence.”Leslie H. Gelb on Obama’s Dangerous Nuclear Dance
Leslie H. Gelb
April 7, 2013
- to attack or destroy with nuclear weapons
- a nuclear bomb
- a military strike with nuclear weapons
- nuclear power
- mainly US a nuclear power plant
Word Origin and History for nukes
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.