hydrogen bomb

noun

Definition of hydrogen bomb

: a bomb whose violent explosive power is due to the sudden release of atomic energy resulting from the fusion of light nuclei (as of hydrogen atoms) at very high temperature and pressure to form helium nuclei

Examples of hydrogen bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nuclear fusion led to the development of the hydrogen bomb and since the 1950s, scientists and researchers have searched for a way to use fusion as a source of electricity. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 Nuclear fusion led to the development of the hydrogen bomb and since the 1950s, scientists and researchers have searched for a way to use fusion as a source of electricity. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 Pyongyang claims the device is a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on an intercontinental missile. CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 December 12 - North Korea state media says the country has added the hydrogen bomb to its arsenal. CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 During this period, the pellet will ignite and explode like a miniature hydrogen bomb. Robert Zubrin, National Review, 28 Aug. 2021 But the burst — essentially a miniature hydrogen bomb — lasted only 100 trillionths of a second. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Nuclear fusion led to the development of the hydrogen bomb and since the 1950s, scientists and researchers have searched for a way to use fusion as a source of electricity. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 Nuclear fusion led to the development of the hydrogen bomb and since the 1950s, scientists and researchers have searched for a commercial application to use fusion as a source for electricity. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hydrogen bomb.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hydrogen bomb

1947, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About hydrogen bomb

Time Traveler for hydrogen bomb

Time Traveler

The first known use of hydrogen bomb was in 1947

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near hydrogen bomb

hydrogenate

hydrogen bomb

hydrogen bond

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for hydrogen bomb

Last Updated

18 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hydrogen bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrogen%20bomb. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hydrogen bomb

hydrogen bomb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hydrogen bomb

: a bomb that produces an extremely powerful and destructive explosion when hydrogen atoms unite

hydrogen bomb

noun

Kids Definition of hydrogen bomb

: a bomb whose great power is due to the sudden release of energy when the central portions of hydrogen atoms unite

More from Merriam-Webster on hydrogen bomb

Nglish: Translation of hydrogen bomb for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about hydrogen bomb

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!