dirty bomb


: a bomb designed to release radioactive material

Examples of dirty bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the years after the 9/11 attacks, a new threat loomed large in the minds of policymakers and the public: the dirty bomb. William C. Potter, Foreign Affairs, 15 Dec. 2023 Last month, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had a rare round of telephone calls with his U.S., French, U.K. and Turkish counterparts, claiming that the war in Ukraine was moving toward a more dangerous phase and that Kyiv might soon deploy a dirty bomb. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 4 Nov. 2022 And Russian authorities have made numerous claims before and after the invasion that Ukraine was developing a radioactive dirty bomb. WIRED, 7 Aug. 2023 The United States, France and Britain accused Moscow of using allegations of a dirty bomb as a pretext for escalation, and warned that Putin’s government would face additional punitive action by the West. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2022 The series’ first scene, featuring guest stars Martin Freeman, Richard Dormer and Cobie Smulders, establishes that the Skrull rebels are planning their biggest attack to date, a dirty bomb assault aimed at bringing Russia and the United States to the brink of war. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2023 Meanwhile, the United States is wiring Ukraine with sensors that can detect bursts of radiation from a nuclear weapon or a dirty bomb and can confirm the identity of the attacker. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 30 Apr. 2023 Russia’s defense minister, Sergei K. Shoigu, on Wednesday repeated the Kremlin’s claim, without offering any evidence, that Ukraine was preparing a dirty bomb, which Ukrainian and Western officials have dismissed as false and a possible pretext for Russia to do something similar. Matthew Mpoke Bigg, New York Times, 2 Nov. 2022 What is a dirty bomb? Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 25 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dirty bomb was in 1956

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“Dirty bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirty%20bomb. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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