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first strike Syllabification: first strike

Definition of first strike in English:


An attack with nuclear weapons designed to destroy the enemy’s nuclear weapons before their use.
Example sentences
  • It was seen as a first-strike weapon and a very destabilizing presence in the bilateral relationship.
  • Ministers and Defence chiefs are understood to be in advanced negotiations over developing a new range of much smaller and cheaper nuclear weapons that could be used to launch first-strike attacks on enemies.
  • This made it both a first-strike weapon, capable of decimating entire regions, thus incapacitating the enemy, or making it a retaliatory weapon, capable of exacting revenge.
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