Definition of second strike in English:

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second strike

Pronunciation: /ˌsekənd ˈstrīk/


A retaliatory attack conducted with weapons designed to withstand an initial nuclear attack (a “first strike”).
Example sentences
  • Capable of remaining submerged, nuclear-capable submarines would be the most difficult of the nuclear-delivery platforms to detect and engage, which enhances their relevance as a credible second-strike capability.
  • The old generals on TV talk of first strike and second-strike capabilities as though they're discussing a family board game.
  • Lo Chih-cheng, a political analyst at the Institute for National Policy Research, expressed a wish that the US would help Taiwan develop its second-strike capability against Chinese attacks.

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Syllabification: sec·ond strike

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