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preatomic

[pree-uh-tom-ik]
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  1. of or relating to the period of history preceding the atomic age.

Origin of preatomic

First recorded in 1910–15; pre- + atomic
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Examples from the Web for pre-atomic

Historical Examples

  • They were like the wolf of pre-atomic days who huffed and puffed to blow the house down.

    Acid Bath

    Vaseleos Garson

  • Well, as a race, so did we until only a few centuries pre-atomic.

    Oomphel in the Sky

    Henry Beam Piper

  • But Lenin was a pre-atomic man, who viewed society and history with pre-atomic eyes.

  • There was an ancient word, originating in one of the lost languages of Pre-Atomic Terra—sixtifor.

    A Slave is a Slave

    Henry Beam Piper


Word Origin and History for pre-atomic

adj.

"before the atomic age," 1914, in "World Set Free" -- H.G. Wells anticipating the word the future would use to look back at a time defined by events that hadn't yet happened in his day; from pre- + atomic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper