An explosion in the air, especially of a nuclear bomb or large meteorite: the 1908 Tunguska airburst had a shock wave sufficient to fell trees
More example sentences
- I should note that what's important here is the general principle, not the exact numbers, because the equation I'm using was developed for nuclear airbursts.
- Yes, they fail too, but you can often retrieve your data, and the chance that both my computer and my exterior hard drive will fail simultaneously is rather rare, unless a nuclear airburst wipes all electronics out.
- The Holy Ghost moves as a choral whisper over the waters, before light blazes forth like the airburst of an atomic explosion: terribly beautiful.
Definition of airburst in:
- The US English dictionary