Definition of second strike in English:
A retaliatory attack conducted with weapons designed to withstand an initial nuclear attack (a ‘first strike’): [as modifier]: each of the superpowers had a credible second-strike capability
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- 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.
Definition of second strike in:
- US English dictionary
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