fission weapon
Nuclear weapon Nu"cle*ar wea"pon, n. A weapon of great explosive power, such as an {atomic bomb} or a {hydrogen bomb}, which depends for most of its explosive power on the release of energy from within atomic nuclei by a nuclear reaction. A {fission weapon} or a {fusion weapon}. The term includes atomic shells for cannon. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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