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nuclear British & World English

Relating to the nucleus of an atom

non-nuclear British & World English

Not possessing or involving nuclear energy or weapons

nuclear age British & World English

The period in history usually considered to have begun with the first use of the atomic bomb (1945). It is characterized by nuclear energy as a military, industrial, and sociopolitical factor

nuclear war British & World English

A war in which nuclear weapons are used

anti-nuclear British & World English

Opposed to the development of nuclear weapons or nuclear power

nuclear club British & World English

The nations which possess nuclear weapons

nuclear force British & World English

A strong attractive force between nucleons in the atomic nucleus that holds the nucleus together

nuclear-free British & World English

(Of a country or region) not having or allowing any nuclear weapons, materials, or power

nuclear fuel British & World English

A substance that will sustain a fission chain reaction so that it can be used as a source of nuclear energy

nuclear power British & World English

Electric or motive power generated by a nuclear reactor

nuclear waste British & World English

Radioactive waste material, for example from the use or reprocessing of nuclear fuel

nuclear energy British & World English

The energy released during nuclear fission or fusion, especially when used to generate electricity

nuclear family British & World English

A couple and their dependent children, regarded as a basic social unit

nuclear fission British & World English

A nuclear reaction in which a heavy nucleus splits spontaneously or on impact with another particle, with the release of energy

nuclear fusion British & World English

A nuclear reaction in which atomic nuclei of low atomic number fuse to form a heavier nucleus with the release of energy

nuclear isomer British & World English

Another term for isomer222.

nuclear option British & World English

The most drastic or extreme response possible to a particular situation

nuclear physics British & World English

The physics of atomic nuclei and their interactions, especially in the generation of nuclear energy

nuclear weapon British & World English

A bomb or missile that uses nuclear energy to cause an explosion

nuclear winter British & World English

A period of abnormal cold and darkness predicted to follow a nuclear war, caused by a layer of smoke and dust in the atmosphere blocking the sun’s rays

nuclear medicine British & World English

The branch of medicine that deals with the use of radioactive substances in research, diagnosis, and treatment

nuclear reaction British & World English

A change in the identity or characteristics of an atomic nucleus that results when it is bombarded with an energetic particle, as in fission, fusion, or radioactive decay

nuclear threshold British & World English

A point in a conflict at which nuclear weapons are or would be brought into use

nuclear umbrella British & World English

The supposed protection gained from an alliance with a country possessing nuclear weapons

nuclear disarmament British & World English

The process of reducing in number or completely eliminating a country’s nuclear weapons

nuclear magnetic resonance British & World English

The absorption of electromagnetic radiation by a nucleus having a magnetic moment when in an external magnetic field, used mainly as an analytical technique and in diagnostic body imaging

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament British & World English

A British organization which campaigns for the abolition of nuclear weapons worldwide and calls for unilateral disarmament

subnuclear British & World English

Occurring in or smaller than an atomic nucleus

reactor British & World English

An apparatus or structure in which fissile material can be made to undergo a controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction with the consequent release of energy

nuclear reactor in reactor British & World English

An apparatus or structure in which fissile material can be made to undergo a controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction with the consequent release of energy

thermonuclear British & World English

Relating to or using nuclear reactions that occur only at very high temperatures