Origin of H-bomb

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50
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Related Words for h-bomb

A-bomb, H-bomb, nuke, MX, mininuke, mirv

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Contemporary Examples of h-bomb

  • Producing one H-bomb would have diverted enough resources to produce 80 atomic warheads.

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    I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk

    Clive Irving

    November 10, 2014

  • In the arena in Charlotte, former president Clinton detonated the H-bomb of the 2012 campaign: the Medicaid issue.

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    Clinton Socks GOP In Its Glass Jaw

    David Frum

    September 6, 2012

  • If that was possible, we would have killed everyone with H-bomb tests in the Pacific and Nevada.

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    California's Nuclear Freakout

    Josh Dzieza, Tricia Romano

    March 18, 2011

  • Above him, a still from the footage of the H-Bomb test at Bikini Atoll.

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    Awesome Surf Art

    Brian Thomas Gallagher

    July 1, 2010

Historical Examples of h-bomb

  • That much energy, released in a few millimicroseconds, would make the standard H-bomb look like a candle flame on a foggy night.

    Unwise Child

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • In the past thirty years of H-bomb jitters, who had not dreamed of explosions?

  • Such power was found only in the successful harnessing of the hydrogen disintegration explosion—the H-bomb force.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet

    Donald Allen Wollheim

  • Haines and his crew loaded the bulky H-bomb into the main launcher in the tail of the ship.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet

    Donald Allen Wollheim

  • Not an H-bomb though—they recognized that they had erred in thinking they needed such a powerful explosive.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet

    Donald Allen Wollheim

British Dictionary definitions for h-bomb



short for hydrogen bomb
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