- electromagnetic pulse: a burst of electromagnetic energy produced by a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere, considered capable of widespread damage to power lines, telecommunications, and electronic equipment.
- (in prescriptions) a plaster.
Origin of emp.
From the Latin word emplastrum
- (in prescriptions) after the manner prescribed; as directed.
Origin of e.m.p.
From the Latin word ex mōdō praescrīptō
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Examples from the Web for emp
That feller she has picked out for herself must be the Emp'ror of Peeroo.Blow The Man Down
I may have to make a sawt o' Emp'ess Josephine o' her—ef she lives.John March, Southerner
George W. Cable
An' my pal he woke me up one night 'bout twelve o'clock 'n' told me that he was the Emp'rer o' the North Pole.Tramping with Tramps
Technological solutions are crucial but may not be conceivable outside the EMP effects of nuclear weapons.Shock and Awe
Harlan K. Ullman
Only our Doctor—Doctor Break—says he's an emp—or imp something—worse than imposter.Rewards and Fairies
- ex modo praescripto (in the manner prescribed)
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