Definition of nuke in English:

nuke

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Pronunciation: /njuːk
 
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informal

noun

  • A 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.

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’.
  • 1.1chiefly 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.

Origin

1950s: abbreviation of nuclear.

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