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A-bomb

(ā′bŏm′)
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A-bomb

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

A-bomb

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

nAtombombe f
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A-bomb

[ˈeɪˌbɒm] nbomba A
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

A-bomb

(ˈeibom) noun
an atomic bomb.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Interestingly, the documentary does not say a word about misuse by India of Cyrus reactor and know-how acquired from Norway, Russia, China France and Canada to make her A-bombs (and probably H-bombs).
He saw two A-bombs and 3 H-bombs, and in 1958 was ordered to drive into Ground Zero to collect monitoring equipmentdressed only in shorts.
He likened the degree of ocean warming to "400,000 Hiroshima A-bombs going off every single day." "That's why the temperatures are going up every year.
ILLNESS wife and Denise Ex-RAF clerk John Ward, who witnessed three A-bombs and two H-bombs, suffered cancer and watched his children struggle with illness, has asked the Secretary of State to finally honour the nation's debt to the survivors.
The impact delivered roughly the same force as 10 billion A-bombs (each equivalent to what we dropped on Hiroshima), and would have punched a hole into the Earth some 100 km (62 miles) wide and 30km (19 miles) deep.
Vandenberg replied that "it could be done with if we used 'A-bombs'" even though "it might take some time." Concerned about a potential Soviet intervention in the war, Truman ordered preparation of plans "to wipe out all the Soviet air bases in the Far East," but no action.
What's more, the author contends that the use of the A-bombs was not only necessary, it was also moral.
The need for deterrence led to a nuclear arms race - and weapons far more destructive than even A-bombs. The Cold War is now past, but is the world any safer today?
John and the other patients were then moved to Tamakan, where his war ended when the A-bombs were dropped.
The isotope Strontium 90, released into the atmosphere by the A-bombs, was believed to have changed the genes of the children in the womb in some positive way, creating a superior version of the human genome.
"It took a long time to digest all this," Rice said of the A-bombs, the neighbor's secret job and her uncle's enlistment at age 32.
North Korea's first three nuclear tests, from 2006 to 2013, were A-bombs on roughly the same scale as the ones used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which together killed more than 200,000 people.