thermonuclear
adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1938 1. of, relating to, or employing transformations in the nuclei of atoms of low atomic weight (as hydrogen) that require a very high temperature for their inception (as in the hydrogen bomb or in the sun) <
thermonuclear reaction
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<
thermonuclear weapon
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2. of, utilizing, or relating to a thermonuclear bomb <
thermonuclear war
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<
a thermonuclear attack
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • thermonuclear — (adj.) 1938 with reference to stars, 1953 of weapons (technically only to describe the hydrogen bomb), from THERMO (Cf. thermo ) + NUCLEAR (Cf. nuclear) …   Etymology dictionary

  • thermonuclear — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to or using nuclear fusion reactions that occur at very high temperatures …   English terms dictionary

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  • thermonuclear — [[t]θɜ͟ː(r)moʊnju͟ːkliə(r), AM nu͟ːk [/t]] also thermo nuclear ADJ: ADJ n A thermonuclear weapon or device is one which uses the high temperatures that result from a nuclear reaction in order to cause it to explode …   English dictionary

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