dirty bomb


Definition of dirty bomb

: a bomb designed to release radioactive material

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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 The amount is too small to make a nuclear bomb, agency spokesman Victor Dricks said Friday, but could be used to make a dirty bomb to spread radioactive contamination. CBS News, "Idaho State University faces fine for losing plutonium used to make dirty bombs," 8 May 2018 The wife and mother in German film In the Fade chases down the terrorists who blew up her family, planting her own dirty bomb after they are acquitted of their crime. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: The Moral Complexity of Today's Film and TV Vigilantes," 1 Mar. 2018 That’s more potential death than a dirty bomb or a small nuke. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.," 20 Feb. 2018 If the government collapses, terrorists could steal a nuclear weapon or radioactive material that could be used in a dirty bomb. Nicholas Grossman, National Review, "The U.S. Needs to Rethink What Winning in Afghanistan Looks Like," 7 Feb. 2018

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1956, in the meaning defined above

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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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