thermonuclear

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adjective ther·mo·nu·cle·ar \ˌthər-mō-ˈnü-klē-ər, -ˈnyü-, ÷-ˈn(y)ü-kyə-lər\

Definition of thermonuclear

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or employing transformations in the nuclei of atoms of low atomic weight (such as hydrogen) that require a very high temperature for their inception (as in the hydrogen bomb or in the sun) thermonuclear reaction thermonuclear weapon

  2. 2 :  of, utilizing, or relating to a thermonuclear bomb thermonuclear war a thermonuclear attack

Examples of thermonuclear in a sentence

  1. Hydrogen bombs are thermonuclear weapons.

Origin and Etymology of thermonuclear

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1938


THERMONUCLEAR Defined for English Language Learners

thermonuclear

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adjective ther·mo·nu·cle·ar \ˌthər-mō-ˈnü-klē-ər, -ˈnyü-, ÷-ˈn(y)ü-kyə-lər\

Definition of thermonuclear for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the changes in the nucleus of atoms that happen at extremely high temperatures


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