Entry from US English dictionary
An intense pulse of electromagnetic radiation, especially one generated by a nuclear explosion and occurring high above the earth’s surface.
- But the concern about electromagnetic pulses - either from nuclear attacks or, more likely, from ‘e-bombs’ - puts a different cast on things.
- Similarly, in a nuclear environment, electromagnetic pulses would wreak havoc on computers and networks that are not hardened.
- The apocalypse of the technological age did not come, as some had feared, from fallout and electromagnetic pulses of a great nuclear war, but from a thought.
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Syllabification: e·lec·tro·mag·net·ic pulse
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