atomic bomb

noun

1
: a bomb whose violent explosive power is due to the sudden release of energy resulting from the splitting of nuclei of a heavy chemical element (such as plutonium or uranium) by neutrons in a very rapid chain reaction

called also atom bomb

2
: a nuclear weapon (such as a hydrogen bomb)

Examples of atomic bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nolan’s drama, which picked up 13 Oscar nominations on Tuesday, offers an intimate character study of the father of the atomic bomb, penetrating both his genius and his guilt after his weapon was used. Esther Zuckerman, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 In the movies, monsters like Godzilla represent big, intangible fears, such as the atomic bomb. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2023 Oppenheimer chronicles the life and work of J. Robert Oppenheimer (played by Cillian Murphy), a physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project during World War II. Emma Roth, The Verge, 12 Jan. 2024 Contrary to all those clearly erroneous fan rumors, Christopher Nolan obviously did not detonate an atomic bomb while making the historical epic Oppenheimer. Beatrice Verhoeven, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2024 Persuasive, clear language enumerates the many reasons not to waste that money and endanger lives by building new atomic bombs, submarines, missiles and planes. Megha Satyanarayana, Scientific American, 29 Dec. 2023 Read More: Computers Learn to Imagine the Future Nostradamus Predictions for 2024 and Beyond Nostradamus prophecy, atomic bomb, France Commemorative Coin. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 25 Dec. 2023 History buffs will recognize that as the location for the first atomic bomb test. Geoffrey Morrison, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 That was just in time for Taylor to be in place help cover historic events ranging from D-Day to the atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of World War II. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 13 Jan. 2024 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'atomic bomb.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of atomic bomb was in 1914

Dictionary Entries Near atomic bomb

Cite this Entry

“Atomic bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atomic%20bomb. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

atomic bomb

noun
1
: a bomb whose violent explosive power is due to the sudden release of energy resulting from the splitting of nuclei of a heavy chemical element (as plutonium or uranium) by neutrons

called also atom bomb

2

More from Merriam-Webster on atomic bomb

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!