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atomic bomb

n.
An explosive weapon of great destructive power derived from the rapid release of energy in the fission of heavy atomic nuclei, especially of uranium-235 or plutonium-239. Also called A-bomb, atom bomb, fission bomb.

atomic bomb

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atom bomb

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1. (Atomic Physics) a type of bomb in which the energy is provided by nuclear fission. Uranium-235 and plutonium-239 are the isotopes most commonly used in atomic bombs. Also called: A-bomb or fission bomb Compare fusion bomb
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a type of bomb in which the energy is provided by nuclear fission. Uranium-235 and plutonium-239 are the isotopes most commonly used in atomic bombs. Also called: A-bomb or fission bomb Compare fusion 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]

atomic bomb

A very destructive bomb that derives its explosive power from the fission of atomic nuclei, usually plutonium or uranium 235 (an isotope of uranium). Also called atom bomb.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.atomic 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)atomic 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
atomová bomba
atombombe
atomipommi
atomska bomba
atombomba
原子爆弾
atombomb

atomic bomb

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