dirty bomb


Definition of dirty bomb

: a bomb designed to release radioactive material

Examples of dirty bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Hospitals are continuing to use dangerous cesium blood irradiators that can be dismantled to build dirty bombs. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 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, 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, 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, 8 May 2018

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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 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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