dirty bomb

noun

Definition of dirty bomb

: a bomb designed to release radioactive material

Examples of dirty bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russian operatives poisoned Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium and turned him into a human dirty bomb and polonium was spread all around London at every spot that poor man visited. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 But a dirty bomb, containing the sorts of material RadSecure wants to secure, does not require as much sophistication. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, 11 Mar. 2022 In a second, a dirty bomb destroys the U.S. Capitol. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 The Seattle event is a dirty bomb, while the Chicago event is the release of a deadly biological agent. CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 Within a few weeks, the very notion of a choir would become tantamount to a dirty bomb. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2021 Brenner has studied the effects of CT scans, nuclear plants and dirty bombs. Michael Laris, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2020 Is someone about to terrorize Los Angeles with the threat of a dirty bomb? Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, 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, 20 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of dirty bomb

1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Dirty bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirty%20bomb. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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