American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hydrogen bomb.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The
hydrogen bomb, a thermonuclear weapon that releases atomic energy by union of hydrogen nuclei at high temperatures to form helium. The force of its explosion may range from one to hundreds of megatons of TNT equivalent.
- n. a nuclear weapon that releases atomic energy by union of light (hydrogen) nuclei at high temperatures to form helium
“During the 1980s, Edward Teller—father of the H-bomb—promoted a radical idea for missile defense: shoot down Soviet ICBMs using high-energy X-ray lasers powered by a nuclear explosion in space.”
“He talks about Harvard (dropping the H-bomb, as they say).”
“Sasha and Doug, fine job of smuggling in the old H-bomb!”
“Scientific ideas are on shakier ground because they have a practical component (see the cases about publishing the science behind the H-bomb).”
“During their fourth time warp, Sawyer, Juliet, Miles, Charlotte and Faraday meet the Others (aka Hostiles) and their leaky H-bomb, Jughead.”
“The H-bomb is powered by nuclear fusion - it is a nuclear fusion reactor.”
“Meanwhile, about 85 miles from the test site -- and also outside the danger zone --radioactive ash from the H-bomb test fell on a small Japanese fishing boat, the Lucky Dragon.”
“Of course, the Japanese people also have had a disastrous experience with nuclear weapons -- not only in 1945, when the U.S. government destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs, but in 1954, when a U.S. government H-bomb test showered a Japanese fishing boat, the Lucky Dragon, with deadly radioactive fallout, and a vast nuclear disarmament movement began.”
“Warner Brothers/Everett Collection 'The Town' Or perhaps, in an effort to capture the apocalyptic stakes said to be at issue, the Congressmen might have screened a bit of Slim Pickens in "Dr. Strangelove," who as the pilot of a B-52 steels his crew to drop an H-bomb: "Heck," he says, "I reckon you wouldn't even be human bein's if you didn't have some pretty strong personal feelin's about nuclear combat.”
“The U.S. has suffered a significant strategic surprise once a decade since 1940: Pearl Harbor, the North Korean invasion of South Korea, the Soviet H-bomb test, the Soviet reaction to the Arab-Israeli War of 1973, the fall of the Shah of Iran, the collapse of the Soviet Union and, most recently, 9/11.”
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