second-strike

[ sek-uhnd-strahyk ]
/ ˈsɛk əndˈstraɪk /

adjective

noting, pertaining to, or using nuclear forces capable of withstanding attack and retaliating after an adversary has launched a first strike.

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Origin of second-strike

First recorded in 1960–65; second1 + strike (in the sense “military attack”

OTHER WORDS FROM second-strike

second strike, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for second-strike

second-strike

adjective

(of a nuclear weapon) intended to be used in a counterattack in response to a nuclear attack
(of a strategy) based on the concept of surviving an initial nuclear attack with enough nuclear weaponry to retaliate
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