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nuclear weapon

n.
A weapon, such as an atomic bomb or hydrogen bomb, whose destructive power comes from the release of nuclear energy.

nu′clear weap′on


n.
an explosive device whose destructive potential derives from the release of energy that accompanies the splitting or combining of atomic nuclei.
[1945–50]

nuclear weapon

A weapon whose destructive power comes from nuclear energy; an atomic bomb or a hydrogen bomb. Also called thermonuclear weapon.

nuclear weapon

A complete assembly (i.e., implosion type, gun type, or thermonuclear type), in its intended ultimate configuration which, upon completion of the prescribed arming, fusing, and firing sequence, is capable of producing the intended nuclear reaction and release of energy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nuclear weapon - a weapon of mass destruction whose explosive power derives from a nuclear reactionnuclear weapon - a weapon of mass destruction whose explosive power derives from a nuclear reaction
A-bomb, atom bomb, atomic bomb, fission bomb, plutonium 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 warhead, nuclear warhead, nuke, thermonuclear warhead - the warhead of a missile designed to deliver an atom bomb
fusion bomb, H-bomb, hydrogen bomb, thermonuclear bomb - a nuclear weapon that releases atomic energy by union of light (hydrogen) nuclei at high temperatures to form helium
megaton bomb - a nuclear weapon with an explosive power equivalent to one million tons of TNT
W.M.D., weapon of mass destruction, WMD - a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
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NAGASAKI has marked the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing, as the Mayor criticised nuclear states, including the US and Russia, for challenging survivors' efforts for a nuclear-free world.
NAGASAKI has marked the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing, as the mayor criticised nuclear states including the US and Russia for challenging survivors' efforts for a nuclear-free world.
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HIROSHIMA has marked the 74rd anni-versary of the atomic bombing of the city with its mayor renewing calls for eliminating such weapons and demanding Japan's government do more.
While the Filipino people offer deepest sympathies to the victims of the atomic bombing and their families, the Philippine government is committed to work to bring about world peace and a world free of nuclear weapons," Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel V told the Japanese media in an interview after the ceremony on August 9.
On the 6th August, many people set afloat lanterns in Ohta River in Hiroshima City, because a lot of people who were burnt in the heat and flame caused by the atomic bombing rushed into the river and died in the water.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Sumiteru Taniguchi, an influential survivor of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki known for a picture showing his severe back burns scarlet in color, died of duodenal papilla cancer Wednesday, an A-bomb survivors' council said.
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Project Ploughshares was on hand for the events in Hiroshima, as well as a commemoration in Nagasaki, the site of the second atomic bombing three days later.