from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A systematic numerical reduction, especially of nuclear weapons, in which more than one weapon or warhead is destroyed for every new one that is built.
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- n. A systematic, gradual reduction in the number of something (especially nuclear weapons), normally by destroying more than are built
And, of course, you can continue to have offensive weapon builddown, as we are doing unilaterally in this country and as the Russians are doing.
During the downsizing and defense builddown of the 1980s and early 1990s, many traditional IT professionals were laid off.
"They propose a builddown with elimination of many existing weapons, allowing both sides to replace obsolete launchers, both sides to reach a total of five thousand deliverable warheads, that number to remain stable for five years after the three-year reduction period.