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A-bomb

(ā′bŏm′)

A-bomb

n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) short for atomic bomb

atom′ic bomb′


n.
1. a bomb whose potency is derived from nuclear fission of atoms of fissionable material with the consequent conversion of part of their mass into energy.
2. a bomb whose explosive force comes from a chain reaction based on nuclear fission in U-235 or plutonium.
Also called A-bomb, atom bomb.
[1910–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.A-bomb - a nuclear weapon in which enormous energy is released by nuclear fission (splitting the nuclei of a heavy element like uranium 235 or plutonium 239)A-bomb - a nuclear weapon in which enormous energy is released by nuclear fission (splitting the nuclei of a heavy element like uranium 235 or plutonium 239)
bomb - an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
clean bomb - an atom bomb leaving little or no radioactive contamination
dirty bomb - an atom bomb that leaves considerable radioactive contamination
neutron bomb - atom bomb that produces lethal neutrons with less blast
atomic weapon, nuclear weapon - a weapon of mass destruction whose explosive power derives from a nuclear reaction
plutonium pit, plutonium trigger - a steel or beryllium sphere containing plutonium 239 that triggers nuclear fission when compressed by explosives
Translations

A-bomb

[ˈeɪbɒm] N ABBR =atom(ic) bombbomba f atómica

A-bomb

nAtombombe f

A-bomb

[ˈeɪˌbɒm] nbomba A

A-bomb

(ˈeibom) noun
an atomic bomb.
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Q: After nearly 70 years, there's still debate on the legal justifiability of using A-Bombs on Japan.
In the United States, the dominant narrative is that the A-bombs were necessary to bring Japan to its knees without an invasion that would have had far greater casualties, both American and Japanese.
But it is Fat Man and Little Boy - the two A-bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima - for which Oppenheimer will forever be remembered.
After footslogging, and in my case dodging A-bombs on Christmas Island, we returned to normal life.
However, the other transgressions don't match the scale of Iran's and involve countries that no one suspects of tinkering with A-bombs.
Scientists insist that they already know most key facts about 10,000-ton iron and stone meteorite - now named Chebarkul, after a city nearest to where the largest fragments landed - that exploded over the Urals city of Chelyabinsk a week ago in a dazzling fireball that released 500 kilotons, the power of 30 Hiroshima A-bombs, about 15 miles above the city.
Gone are the days never to return when the enemies could threaten the DPRK with A-bombs," it said, using an acronym for the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The idea that the A-bombs were morally unjustifiable just never entered our minds, even as we pondered the future.
The 3d PRS identified targets, notably in Japan, including the unfortunate cities on which the A-bombs were dropped.
That made me happy, and I didn't want Stalin' s A-bombs to wreck our time together.
But it was nearly 1968," said Ritchie in an interview in 2001, "and somehow making A-bombs for the gover nment didn't seem in tune with the times.
The Iranian people will use the full potential to fight against A-bombs," Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's letter addressed to the participants of the Tehran nuclear conference says.