megaton

noun
mega·​ton | \ ˈme-gə-ˌtən How to pronounce megaton (audio) \

Definition of megaton

: an explosive force equivalent to that of one million tons of TNT

Examples of megaton in a Sentence

an atomic explosion with a force of several megatons
Recent Examples on the Web The use of megaton bombs to kill individuals meant, of course, that many hundreds of thousands of other people would also be killed. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The use of megaton bombs to kill individuals meant, of course, that many hundreds of thousands of other people would also be killed. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The use of megaton bombs to kill individuals meant, of course, that many hundreds of thousands of other people would also be killed. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 Nuclear war planners anticipated the bunkers, which were dug into solid rock or embedded in concrete, with massive thermonuclear bombs of at least a megaton (1,000 kilotons) of TNT. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 Apr. 2021 The Obama administration was planning to retire this weapon, which is the last of the megaton-class bombs. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, 24 Dec. 2020 The explosion blew the silo blast doors off and sent chunks of debris flying everywhere, including the nine-megaton nuclear warhead that sat atop the missile. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, 18 Sep. 2020 The use of megaton bombs to kill individuals meant, of course, that many hundreds of thousands of other people would also be killed. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 22 July 2020 Guard Crush, not Gaiden Previous SlideNext Slide This fact plays directly into SoR4's megaton difference: a combo meter, tied to a new scoring system. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of megaton

1952, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2021

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“Megaton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/megaton. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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megaton

noun

English Language Learners Definition of megaton

: an explosive force that is equal to one million tons of TNT

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