- an explosive device whose destructive potential derives from the release of energy that accompanies the splitting or combining of atomic nuclei.
Origin of nuclear weapon
First recorded in 1945–50
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- A weapon whose destructive power comes from nuclear energy; an atomic bomb or a hydrogen bomb.
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