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

Example Sentences

a nuclear test ban treaty
Recent Examples on the Web Kennedy’s push for pollution controls, new national parks and refuges, a nuclear test ban treaty, and a Wilderness Act (which would preserve large roadless areas forever) drew on the burgeoning movements against littering, pollution, and nuclear testing in which Carson had been active. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, 10 Jan. 2023 The test ban does have its limits. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 27 Apr. 2022 The nuclear test ban treaty had been signed. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 Between 1994 and 1996, international leaders negotiated a comprehensive nuclear test ban called the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which now includes 183 member states around the world. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2016 This was the basis of US hydrogen bomb tests in the South Pacific (Bikini Atoll) in the 1950s before the test ban treaty of 1963. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 18 Dec. 2022 Around the same time, the United States Department of Defense launched a series of satellites, known as the Vela satellites, to monitor the Soviet Union for any naughtiness—specifically, any signs of violations of the nuclear test ban treaty. Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 17 June 2022 In June 1963, Kennedy laid out his vision for a partial test ban treaty with the Soviets that would limit nuclear testing to underground sites. New York Times, 30 Oct. 2021 Kennedy used the speech to announce his support for a nuclear test ban treaty with the Soviet Union, but his purpose was grander than that. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, 9 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of test ban was in 1958

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“Test ban.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20ban. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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