dirty bomb

bomb that releases radioactive waste

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • dirty bomb — dirty bombs N COUNT A dirty bomb is a nuclear bomb that uses explosives to release radioactive material over a wide area …   English dictionary

  • Dirty bomb — A dirty bomb is a speculative radiological weapon that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives. The purpose of the weapon is to contaminate the area around the explosion with radioactive material, hence the attribute dirty .… …   Wikipedia

  • Dirty bomb — Eine Radiologische Waffe, auch Schmutzige Bombe (englisch dirty bomb oder Radiological dispersal device) genannt, besteht nach neuerem Verständnis aus einem konventionellen Sprengsatz, der bei seiner Explosion radioaktives Material in der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • dirty bomb — noun an atom bomb that leaves considerable radioactive contamination • Hypernyms: ↑atom bomb, ↑atomic bomb, ↑A bomb, ↑fission bomb, ↑plutonium bomb * * * noun, pl ⋯ bombs [count] : a bomb that is designed to spread a large amount of radioactive… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dirty bomb — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms dirty bomb : singular dirty bomb plural dirty bombs a bomb containing harmful nuclear waste that is sent out when the bomb explodes …   English dictionary

  • dirty bomb — noun a) A device containing conventional explosives and radioactive material, designed to spread radiation over a wide area. b) A nuclear bomb that spreads radiation over a wide area due to inefficiency or design. Syn: Radiological Dispersal… …   Wiktionary

  • dirty bomb — noun a conventional bomb that contains radioactive material …   English new terms dictionary

  • dirty bomb — n. a primitive nuclear bomb designed to spread radioactive materials when detonated. • Etymology: [1955 60] …   From formal English to slang

  • dirty bomb — /ˈdɜti bɒm/ (say dertee bom) noun a bomb employing a conventional explosive, such as dynamite, with radioactive material sufficient to contaminate the immediate vicinity of the explosion …   Australian English dictionary

  • dirty bomb — a nuclear warhead designed to produce a great amount of radioactive debris by use of a fusion core, fission trigger, and casing of uranium 238. * * * …   Universalium


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