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Definition of nuke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a nuclear weapon
2 : a nuclear-powered electric generating station


nuked; nuking

Definition of nuke (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to attack or destroy with or as if with nuclear bombs

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Examples of nuke in a Sentence

Verb a pretty sizable piece of real estate would be nuked if an asteroid struck
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The tangled history of nukes and space is again resurfacing, just up the road from the Redstone test stand. Wired, "NASA Wants to Send Nuclear Rockets to the Moon and Mars," 27 Sep. 2019 Put another way, the heat released by a hurricane is comparable to exploding a 10-megaton nuke every 20 minutes. Madeleine Stone, National Geographic, "Beyond nukes: how scientists dream of killing hurricanes," 27 Aug. 2019 Of course, all the nukes and jets in the world won’t protect us from the assault our enemies abroad are currently waging against us, and that Republicans resist confronting: the one on our electoral system. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: What are Republicans afraid of?," 6 Aug. 2019 The exciting thing to other young women was that Hamnett’s anti-nuke politics put her firmly amongst the rising cohort of post-punk feminism. Vogue, "The Women Designers Who Changed The Way We Dress," 14 Aug. 2019 Eleven months had passed since the nuke had gone off in his industry. Albert Chen,, "Billion Dollar Fantasy: Inside the War Between FanDuel and DraftKings that Rocked the Gambling Industry," 10 Sep. 2019 If one of those Russian nukes burst in the sky over Kansas City, 818,000 people would die, another 590,000 would be injured. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "What would 'nuclear Armageddon' look like in your city? This simulator shows you | The Kansas City Star," 30 Mar. 2018 The two countries also have nuclear weapons, with India having an estimated 100 to 200 nukes and Pakistan 110 to 130. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Aircraft Shot Down As Crisis Between India and Pakistan Escalates," 27 Feb. 2019 Labor and business, nukes and renewables, markets and mandates, cats and dogs — somehow the bill hit the sweet spot. David Roberts, Vox, "California is this close to its boldest energy target yet: 100% clean electricity," 31 Aug. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Biologists have captured and moved sea otters many times, once to save the animals from being nuked. Anchorage Daily News, "Raccoons, wild pigs and other bad ideas for Alaska," 28 Sep. 2019 The researchers disputed Google's claim that nuking tracking cookies would undermine the economic foundation of the online advertising industry. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google defends tracking cookies—some experts aren’t buying it," 26 Aug. 2019 And this being Twitter, parody accounts joined in and muddied the waters before they were ultimately nuked. Dustin Kurtz, The New Republic, "Why Amazon’s Twitter Ambassadors Are So Sad," 16 Aug. 2019 The odiferousness of fish, for example, is entirely excusable, but nuking it in an environment that will turn it to rubber? Jacob Brogan,, "Go ahead and microwave fish, and other office lunch etiquette you should ignore," 27 Aug. 2019 Agent 007 and a Russian beauty foil a madman in a submarine, who is out to nuke the world. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Gibson, the author of Neuromancer and Mona Lisa Overdrive, has his own vision of what happened after Ripley, Hicks, Bishop, and Newt nuked LV-426 from orbit in Aliens. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "How William Gibson’s long-lost Alien 3 script became 2019’s most intriguing audio drama," 24 June 2019 Both are tasty enough to nuke the corner store Hostess options. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Frontier Burger," 12 July 2019 Imagine a world where Apple made the change with the iPhone 7 to not only nuke the headphone jack, but to switch to USB-C? Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Apple has officially missed the boat on USB-C with this year’s iPhones," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of nuke


1958, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nuke


by shortening and respelling from nuclear


derivative of nuke entry 1

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14 Nov 2019

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“Nuke.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of nuke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : a nuclear weapon



English Language Learners Definition of nuke (Entry 2 of 2)

: to attack or destroy (something) with a nuclear weapon
: to heat or cook (food) in a microwave oven

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