neutron bomb


Definition of neutron bomb

: a nuclear bomb designed to produce lethal neutrons but less blast and fire damage than other nuclear bombs

Examples of neutron bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ordinarily, the conviction of a president's former campaign chairman and guilty pleas by his ex-national security adviser and former personal lawyer—who accused said president of directing one of his crimes—would detonate like a neutron bomb. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Trump probes cast shadow on midterms, but control still up for grabs," 24 Aug. 2018 In 1978, President Jimmy Carter deferred development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon., "This day in history," 7 Apr. 2018 The United States and Soviet Union pulled back from neutron bombs and anti-satellite weapons even without formal treaties. Paul Scharre, Time, "Why We Must Not Build Automated Weapons of War," 25 Sep. 2017 Among the headline-grabbing findings, the Cox report alleged that China had stolen design information on advanced U.S. hydrogen bombs and on a neutron bomb that was never deployed. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "U.S.-China mission rushes bomb-grade nuclear fuel out of Africa," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of neutron bomb

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Neutron bomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of neutron bomb

: a nuclear bomb that releases very large amounts of radiation

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