groundburst

noun

ground·​burst ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌbərst How to pronounce groundburst (audio)
variants or ground burst
: the detonation of a nuclear warhead at ground level

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of groundburst was circa 1951

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“Groundburst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groundburst. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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