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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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