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nuke

[nook, nyook] Informal.
noun
1.
a nuclear or thermonuclear weapon.
2.
a nuclear power plant or nuclear reactor.
3.
nuclear energy: to convert from coal to nuke.
adjective
4.
of or pertaining to a nuclear or thermonuclear weapon or to a nuclear plant.
verb (used with object), nuked, nuking.
5.
to attack, defeat, or destroy with or as if with nuclear weapons.
6.
Slang. to cook or bake in a microwave oven.

Origin:
1945–50; by shortening and respelling

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nuke (njuːk)
 
vb
1.  to attack or destroy with nuclear weapons
 
n
2.  a nuclear bomb
3.  a military strike with nuclear weapons
4.  nuclear power
5.  chiefly (US) a nuclear power plant

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Word Origin & History

nuke
short for nuclear weapon, 1959, U.S. military slang (see nuclear). The verb is attested from 1962; the sense of "to cook in a microwave oven" is from 1987.
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Slang Dictionary

nuke definition


  1. n.
    a nuclear weapon. : Are there nukes aboard that ship?
  2. tv.
    to destroy someone or something. (As with a nuclear weapon.) : Your cat ran through my garden and totally nuked my flowers!
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
nuke
  1. a nuclear device or weapon

  2. a nuclear-powered electric generating plant

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