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- n. A device containing conventional explosives and radioactive material, designed to spread radiation over a wide area.
- n. A nuclear bomb that spreads radiation over a wide area due to inefficiency or design.
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- n. an atom bomb that leaves considerable radioactive contamination
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A similar nonevent was the widely trumpeted plan by the al-Qaeda recruit Dhiren Barot to build a dirty bomb to be detonated either in the United Kingdom or the United States after 9/11.
Emblematic of the dangerous trade in radioactive materials suitable for a dirty bomb that were shipped out of the former Soviet Union was the truck loaded with some twenty tons of scrap metal that approached the busy Gisht-Kuprik border crossing on Uzbekistan’s border with Kazakhstan on March 30, 2000.