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dirty bomb

noun

  1. a nuclear warhead designed to produce a great amount of radioactive debris by use of a fusion core, fission trigger, and casing of uranium-238.


dirty bomb

noun

  1. informal.
    a bomb made from nuclear waste combined with conventional explosives that is capable of spreading radioactive material over a very wide area


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Over the next three days, you make up all kinds of stories with your brothers at night about the dirty bomb they’re looking for, and in the morning you feed them to your interrogators.

They can’t find Osama bin Laden or Mullah Omar or the dirty bomb they think al Qaeda has hidden somewhere ready to go off, otherwise they would have stopped asking you the same questions over and over again.

José Padilla May 2002 Accused of meeting with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a dirty bomb plot.

Nine burros, 109 beagles, 10 sheep, and 31 albino rats were put in cages and set to face the dirty bomb.

On the morning of January 17, 1966, a real-life dirty bomb crisis occurred over Palomares, Spain.

A plot in 2002 to set off a radioactive dirty bomb and flatten large apartment buildings in Chicago.

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