dirty bomb


Definition of dirty bomb

: a bomb designed to release radioactive material

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Recent Examples on the Web Brenner has studied the effects of CT scans, nuclear plants and dirty bombs. Michael Laris, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists think they know ways to combat viruses on airplanes. They’re too late for this pandemic.," 2 May 2020 Is someone about to terrorize Los Angeles with the threat of a dirty bomb? Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of April 12-18," 11 Apr. 2020 Two famous cases that the I.R.S. challenged involved a dentist who used a policy to insure his practice against a terrorist attack and a jeweler who created a policy to cover a dirty bomb attack. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "Once Scrutinized, an Insurance Product Becomes a Crisis Lifeline," 20 Mar. 2020 Hospitals are continuing to use dangerous cesium blood irradiators that can be dismantled to build dirty bombs. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Medical Device Is Loaded with Radioactive Raw Material," 30 Dec. 2019 While thousands of people were tossing confetti in Times Square, the Commander was on a secret mission around the corner, protecting the city from dirty bombs. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 Scraps of intelligence seemed to point toward terrifying hypotheticals: What if the C.I.A. got its hands on a Qaeda suspect who knew about a dirty bomb about to go off in New York City? Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 Idaho State University loses weapons-grade plutonium capable of making a dirty bomb. MINDING YOUR BUSINESS NASCAR owners reportedly considering a sale. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump to announce decision on Iran deal; All eyes on four key primaries ahead of midterms," 8 May 2018 Idaho State University was fined last week for losing a small amount of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium that is too small to make a nuclear bomb, but could be used in a dirty bomb, according to a regulatory commission. Fox News, "Idaho State University loses weapons-grade plutonium capable of making a dirty bomb," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of dirty bomb

1956, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2020

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“Dirty bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirty%20bomb. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dirty bomb

: a bomb that is designed to spread a large amount of radioactive material

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