- a nuclear or thermonuclear weapon.
- a nuclear power plant or nuclear reactor.
- nuclear energy: to convert from coal to nuke.
- of or relating to a nuclear or thermonuclear weapon or to a nuclear plant.
- to attack, defeat, or destroy with or as if with nuclear weapons.
- Slang. to cook or bake in a microwave oven.
Origin of nuke
Examples from the Web for nuke
In response to the revelation the Mormon Church had donated considerable cash to the cause, cries went up to “Nuke Utah.”How Will African-American Clergy React to Obama’s ‘Evolution’ on Same-Sex Marriage?
Mansfield Frazier, Larry Durstin
May 13, 2012
Or perhaps, this time, the North might not explode a nuke—it might sink another South Korea naval vessel, as it did in 2010.Leslie H. Gelb: North Korea, U.S. Headed to Brink of War, Unnoticed
Leslie H. Gelb
April 1, 2012
Today as well, politicians from both parties simply assume that Iran is pursuing a nuke.Stop the Press on ‘Preemptive’: Media Adopt Pro-War Rhetoric on Iran
March 19, 2012
Start with the first question: whether Iran would be suicidal enough to use or transfer a nuke.Experts Say Iran Attack Is Irrational, Yet Hawks Are Winning the Debate
February 21, 2012
Ron Fountain knows what the Japanese nuke plant workers are going through.A Nuclear Meltdown Survivor Story
March 17, 2011
- to attack or destroy with nuclear weapons
- a nuclear bomb
- a military strike with nuclear weapons
- nuclear power
- mainly US a nuclear power plant
Word Origin and History for nuke
short for nuclear weapon, 1959, U.S. military slang (see nuclear). The verb is attested from 1962; the slang sense of "to cook in a microwave oven" is from 1987. Related: Nuked; nuking.