plutonium bomb

Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to plutonium bomb: hydrogen bomb, fission bomb
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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)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)
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
It aimed to make mass experiments of the uranium bomb on Hiroshima and the plutonium bomb on Nagasaki to test humans and to obtain data for the development of nuclear weapons," said Yuki Oikawa in an interview with Fars News Agency.
At 11:02am (local time) on August 9, 1945, a five-tonne plutonium bomb exploded a third of a mile above the Japanese city.
In Hiroshimas ceremony on Sunday to commemorate its atomic bombing, Mayor Kazumi Matsui stopped short of demanding that Japan join the treaty but urged the government to do "everything in its power to bridge the gap between the nuclear weapons and non-nuclear weapons states, thereby facilitating its ratification." A plutonium bomb named "Fat Man" was dropped over Nagasaki by a U.S.
In February 1942, he made clear in a report that he needed only 10 to 100 kilograms of plutonium for a weapon of "greatest effectiveness." It is worth noting that the American plutonium bomb Little Boy used 64 kilograms.
Roosevelt), while the plutonium bomb dropped by the Bockscar on Nagasaki was called Fat Man (to refer to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill).
It also built up over 16,000 pounds of enriched uranium gas, and ramped up work on the heavy-water reactor at Arak, which provides a path to a plutonium bomb.
The latter has been described as a plutonium bomb factory.
The threat of a plutonium bomb seems settled at least for now.
The question now is whether Iran will be able to accept the additional compromises that will be necessary regarding the Arak reactor, to keep it from providing a path to a plutonium bomb, he pointed out.
Waves of heat rippling outward from the plutonium bomb didn't just sear the sand into glass like the surface of a creme brulee, as many people had thought.
Three days later, a plutonium bomb was dropped onto Nagasaki, killing up to 40,000 more.