Definition of nuke in English:

nuke

Syllabification: nuke
Pronunciation: /n(y)o͞ok
 
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informal

noun

1A nuclear weapon.
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  • There's lots of data available online about suitcase nukes, and nuclear weapons generally.
  • The United States is now considering developing a new generation of nuclear weapons, smart nukes which could be used to bust open bunkers and destroy weapons of mass destruction stockpiled by rogue states.
  • It's always seemed to me that that likeliest scenario is a loose nuke or a dirty bomb in a shipping container.
1.1A nuclear power station.
1.2A nuclear-powered vessel.
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  • The new enemy uses diesel-electric boats which, when running just on batteries, are much more difficult to find than those always loud Soviet nukes.

verb

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1Attack or destroy with nuclear weapons.
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  • We might stop an attack or two by nuking every Islamic city from Tangier to Islamabad - but, come morning, we'll have to look ourselves in the mirror.
  • Consider the absurdity: We risk escalating a worldwide nuclear arms race to nuke a shadow terrorist enemy whose most effective military action to date was begun with box cutters.
  • You said ‘send conventional troops that he can only repel with his nuclear weapons, which will cause us to nuke him’.
Synonyms
bomb, bombard, attack, destroy, demolish, flatten; shell, torpedo, blow up
1.1Destroy; get rid of: I fertilized the lawn and nuked the weeds
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  • So I ended up even sicker, in bed, and in between sleeping, feeling sorry for myself, and nuking the jumping spider (the exciting highlight of the weekend), I did some thinking.
  • After Valve updated the official FAQ entry with a recommendation to try out the latest beta video drivers, I gave it a try. 67.02 are the latest Detonators, so I nuked the previous set with Driver Cleaner and reinstalled.
  • ‘I think I just nuked the computer's hard drive,’ I said, quivering.
1.2chiefly North American Cook or heat up (food) in a microwave oven: I nuked a quick burger
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  • Unlike normal cooking, when food is nuked numerous chemical bonds are ruptured, leaving behind a trail of free radicals, ions, and other radiolytic byproducts.
  • I really need to just shut off all the machines, nuke the leftover pizza and watch ‘Blind Date’ until my brains run out my nose.
  • I got home, nuked yesterday's pizza, read the paper.
Synonyms

Origin

1950s: abbreviation of nuclear.

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