neutron bomb


noun

a nuclear bomb designed to release radiation consisting mainly of neutrons, thus causing extensive loss of life but relatively little damage to buildings and property and only brief radioactive contamination.

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Also called neutron radiation weapon, N-bomb.

Origin of neutron bomb

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for neutron bomb

neutron bomb

noun

a type of nuclear weapon designed to provide a high yield of neutrons but to cause little blast or long-lived radioactive contamination. The neutrons destroy all life in the target area, which theoretically can be entered relatively soon after the attackTechnical name: enhanced radiation weapon
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