[noo-klee-uh-rahyz, nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-luh-]
verb (used with object), nu·cle·ar·ized, nu·cle·ar·iz·ing.
What’s Nuclear About A Football?Whose nuclear launch button is bigger? There has been a serious kerfuffle in the news about buttons and their relative size. Specifically, nuclear launch buttons. Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, flatly stated that a nuclear button is on his desk at all times. “It’s not a mere threat but a reality that I have a nuclear button on the desk in my office.” …
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- nuclear weapon,
- nuclear weapons,
- nuclear winter,
- nuclear-free zone,
- nucleating agent,
Also especially British, nu·cle·ar·ise.
Origin of nuclearize
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