neutron bomb

noun

Definition of neutron bomb 

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

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In 1978, President Jimmy Carter deferred development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon. BostonGlobe.com, "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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1959, in the meaning defined above

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neutron bomb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of neutron bomb

: a nuclear bomb that releases very large amounts of radiation

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