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 The focus on weapons yielded fruit in 2017, when Kim successfully tested a hydrogen bomb and three intercontinental ballistic missiles, the type of projectiles designed to deliver nuclear warheads over long distances. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "October 10 was supposed to be a major celebration for Kim Jong Un. Instead he faces his most daunting challenges to date," 8 Oct. 2020 Like his contemporary Andrei Sakharov, a father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb who later won the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Orlov was both an eminent physicist and a champion of free speech and human rights. Washington Post, "Yuri Orlov, physicist who became a symbol of Soviet dissent, dies at 96," 1 Oct. 2020 In the early months of the Trump presidency, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, detonating a powerful new weapon believed by experts to be a hydrogen bomb. Author: Joby Warrick, Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "As North Korea’s Kim wooed Trump with ‘love letters,’ he kept building his nuclear capability, intelligence shows," 1 Oct. 2020 Andrei Sakharov was probably the leading scientist in the whole Soviet Union — a genius physicist (and the father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb). Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Still Sharansky," 21 Sep. 2020 That made it 3,333 times as destructive as the weapon used on Hiroshima, Japan, and also far more powerful than the 15 megaton weapon set off by the United States in 1954 in its largest hydrogen bomb blast. William J. Broad, New York Times, "New Video Shows Largest Hydrogen Bomb Ever Exploded," 25 Aug. 2020 In the early months of the Trump presidency, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, detonating a powerful new weapon believed by experts to be a hydrogen bomb. Author: Joby Warrick, Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "As North Korea’s Kim wooed Trump with ‘love letters,’ he kept building his nuclear capability, intelligence shows," 1 Oct. 2020 In the early months of the Trump presidency, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, detonating a powerful new weapon believed by experts to be a hydrogen bomb. Washington Post, "As Kim wooed Trump with ‘love letters,’ he kept building his nuclear capability, intelligence shows," 30 Sep. 2020 Andrei Sakharov was probably the leading scientist in the whole Soviet Union — a genius physicist (and the father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb). Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Still Sharansky," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of hydrogen bomb

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydrogen bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrogen%20bomb. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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

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