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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.
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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]
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nuclear weapon

A weapon whose destructive power comes from nuclear energy; an atomic bomb or a hydrogen bomb. Also called thermonuclear weapon.
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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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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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