megatonnage

noun

mega·​ton·​nage ˈme-gə-ˌtə-nij How to pronounce megatonnage (audio)
: the destructive capability especially of a collection of nuclear weapons that is expressed in megatons

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The car is repaired, and the tour resumes, but from that point on the filmmakers link the grotesque genocidal past of the country’s western expansion to the deadly megatonnage lying beneath the bleak, often beautiful landscape. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of megatonnage was in 1955

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Cite this Entry

“Megatonnage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/megatonnage. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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