[ noo-klee-on-iks, nyoo- ]
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noun(used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of science that deals with nuclear phenomena, as radioactivity, fission, or fusion, especially practical applications, as in industrial engineering.

Origin of nucleonics

First recorded in 1940–45; nucleon + -ics

Words Nearby nucleonics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use nucleonics in a sentence

  • I rebuilt my camera for about the twentieth time and just about finished a correspondence course in nucleonics.

    The Repairman | Harry Harrison
  • And within the limits, a nicety of control existed that made nucleonics almost an esoteric branch of chemistry.

    The Bramble Bush | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The trouble was, he was a nucleonics engineer, not a chemist.

    The Bramble Bush | Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for nucleonics


/ (ˌnjuːklɪˈɒnɪks) /

  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of physics concerned with the applications of nuclear energy

Derived forms of nucleonics

  • nucleonic, adjective
  • nucleonically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for nucleonics


[ nōō′klē-ŏnĭks ]

  1. The study of the quantum behavior of atomic nuclei, in particular of the transitions they make between discrete energy levels as they emit and give off radiation.

  2. Development of instruments for use in nuclear research.

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