noun Date: 1953 one million deaths — usually used as a unit in reference to nuclear warfare

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  • megadeath — (n.) 1953, from MEGA (Cf. mega ) in scientific sense (one million) + DEATH (Cf. death) (n.). The death of one million persons, as a measure of the effectiveness of nuclear weapons. The resulting pile of dead bodies would be a megacorpse,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • megadeath — ☆ megadeath [meg΄ədeth΄ ] n. [ MEGA + DEATH] one million dead persons: a unit in computing the hypothetical victims of a nuclear explosion …   English World dictionary

  • Megadeath — This article is about Megadeath, not to be confused with Megadeth, an American thrash metal band. Megadeath (or megacorpse) is a term for one million deaths by nuclear explosion. It was coined in 1953 by RAND military strategist Herman Kahn and… …   Wikipedia

  • Megadeath — Megatote (englisch megadeath oder megacorpse) ist eine Kurzform für eine Million Todesopfer bei einem Demozid, insbesondere durch Massenvernichtungswaffen. Der Begriff wurde 1953 im Kalten Krieg von dem US amerikanischen Strategen Herman Kahn im… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Megadeath — Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth sur scène en 2008 Pays d’origine …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • megadeath — /meg euh deth /, n. a unit of one million deaths: used in estimating or predicting the fatalities that would occur in a nuclear war. [1950 55; MEGA + DEATH] * * * …   Universalium

  • megadeath — noun one million deaths, especially as a unit of measure in reference to nuclear warfare …   Wiktionary

  • megadeath — meg|a|death [ megə,deθ ] noun uncount a million deaths: used for talking about the number of deaths caused by a nuclear war …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • megadeath — unit of fatality equal to one million deaths Units of Measurement …   Phrontistery dictionary

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