[ heer-oh-shee-muh, hi-roh-shuh-muh; Japanese hee-raw-shee-mah ]
/ ˌhɪər oʊˈʃi mə, hɪˈroʊ ʃə mə; Japanese ˈhi rɔˈʃi mɑ /


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

/ (ˌhɪrɒˈʃiːmə, hɪˈrɒʃɪmə) /


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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Cultural definitions for hiroshima (1 of 2)

[ (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.

Cultural definitions for hiroshima (2 of 2)

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

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

notes for Hiroshima

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.

notes for Hiroshima

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