groundburst

noun
ground·​burst | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌbərst How to pronounce groundburst (audio) \
variants: or ground burst

Definition of groundburst

: the detonation of a nuclear warhead at ground level

First Known Use of groundburst

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Groundburst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groundburst. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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