test ban

noun

Definition of test ban

: a self-imposed partial or complete ban on the testing of nuclear weapons that is mutually agreed to by countries possessing such weapons

Examples of test ban in a Sentence

a nuclear test ban treaty
Recent Examples on the Web Zerbo, a candidate to head the International Atomic Energy Agency, was at the United Nations to speak at an event on the sidelines of the General Assembly on the entry into force of the test ban treaty. Washington Post, "Head of UN nuclear test ban group: Teach your children well," 29 Sep. 2019 Vo’s political totem, a pen once used to sign a 1963 nuclear test ban treaty, enshrines a kind of diplomacy that feels precarious in the era of Twitter foreign policy. Washington Post, "World-class conceptual art pops up in a vacant bank at the Watergate," 14 Nov. 2019 Zerbo, a candidate to head the International Atomic Energy Agency, was at the United Nations to speak at an event on the sidelines of the General Assembly on the entry into force of the test ban treaty. Washington Post, "Head of UN nuclear test ban group: Teach your children well," 29 Sep. 2019 Zerbo, a candidate to head the International Atomic Energy Agency, was at the United Nations to speak at an event on the sidelines of the General Assembly on the entry into force of the test ban treaty. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Head of UN nuclear test ban group: Teach your children well," 28 Sep. 2019 President Bill Clinton signed the test ban treaty in 1996, but the Senate failed to ratify it on a 48-51 vote. Patrick Malone, WIRED, "US to Russia on Nuke Experiments: Do as We Say, Not as We Do," 18 June 2019 And on the heels of California's animal-testing ban being signed into law on September 6, that's looking sooner than ever. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Tons of Your Favorite Drugstore Products Are Officially Cruelty-Free Now," 9 Oct. 2018 There's a group called the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization that was set up to support the test ban treaty and monitors atmospheric levels of radioactive isotopes to catch treaty cheats. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report Says European Mystery Radiation Isn't Real. That Isn't Stopping an Air Force Investigation.," 22 Feb. 2017 So the treaty and the organization hang in limbo, preparing for a day when the world’s nuclear powers all agree to support the test ban. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Meet the scientists keeping a global watch for nuclear explosions," 9 May 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Test ban.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20ban. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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test ban

noun

English Language Learners Definition of test ban

: an official agreement between countries with nuclear weapons to not test those weapons

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