from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or derived from the fusion of atomic nuclei at high temperatures: thermonuclear reactions.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by the use of atomic weapons based on fusion, especially as distinguished from those based on fission: thermonuclear war.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or relating to the fusion of atomic nuclei at high temperatures.
- adj. Of, or relating to the use of atomic weapons based on such fusion, especially as distinguished from those based on fission.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. using nuclear weapons based on fusion as distinguished from fission
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The facility also separates lithium-6 from natural lithium for use in thermonuclear weapons.
The implications of failure, resulting in thermonuclear exchange between the two superpowers during the Cold War, were horrendous.
And as he found out the back door he chose a game called thermonuclear war.
Because extremely high temperatures are required in order to initiate fusion reactions, the hydrogen bomb is also known as a thermonuclear bomb.
SCHNEIDER: Well, this is part -- the Republicans are circulating it because it's part of what I would call their thermonuclear strategy.
Another design is the implosion assembly method in which the uranium or plutonium is severely compressed with the use of chemical explosives. hydrogen bomb is the other main type of nuclear weapon and is also referred to as a thermonuclear weapon or an H-bomb.
It works by combining the atom-splitting reactions of a "normal" nuclear bomb with some atom-joining fusion reactions -- this is the physical process that drives our sun, and it's much more powerful (for this reason they're more properly called a thermonuclear bomb).
This article describes the general principles of a fusion device, also called a thermonuclear weapon.
The word "thermonuclear" should probably factor in there somewhere, but I'll give it a pass.
The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor became plain ITER following public anxiety about anything that has "thermonuclear" next to "experimental" in its name.