[heer-oh-shee-muh, hi-roh-shuh-muh; Japanese hee-raw-shee-mah]


a seaport on SW Honshu, in SW Japan: first military use of atomic bomb August 6, 1945.

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British Dictionary definitions for hiroshima



a port in SW Japan, on SW Honshu on the delta of the Ota River: largely destroyed on August 6, 1945, by the first atomic bomb to be used in warfare, dropped by the US, which killed over 75 000 of its inhabitants. Pop: 1 113 786 (2002 est)
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Word Origin and History for hiroshima


city in Japan, literally "broad island," from Japanese hiro "broad" + shima "island." So called in reference to its situation on the delta of the Ota River.

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hiroshima in Culture


[(heer-uh-shee-muh, huh-roh-shuh-muh)]

A Japanese city on which the United States dropped the first atomic bomb (see also atomic bomb) used in warfare, on August 6, 1945. After the devastation of the bombing, Hiroshima was largely rebuilt.


[(hir-uh-shee-muh, hi-roh-shuh-muh)]

City on the southwest coast of Honshu Island, Japan; a commercial and industrial center.


On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was almost completely destroyed by the first atomic bomb (see also atomic bomb) ever dropped on a populated area. Followed by the bombing of Nagasaki, on August 9, this show of Allied strength hastened the surrender of Japan in World War II.


Many survivors of these bombings have suffered from a variety of diseases caused by radiation, such as leukemia.
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