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Definition of "nuke" []

  • A nuclear device or weapon. (noun)
  • A nuclear-powered electric generating plant. (noun)
  • To attack with nuclear weapons. (verb-transitive)
  • To heat in a microwave oven: "I obtained this soup by nuking one cup of water and mixing that with . . . bouillon” ( Judy Markey). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nuke" in a sentence
  • "Maybe it's time someone asked General Petraeus if losing New York City to a nuke is a price worth paying for our glorious victory in Iraq."
  • "For more than an hour, the former GOP nominee alternated between cracking some well-worn jokes from his two presidential campaigns and listening to the concerns of his constituents, one of whom demanded that McCain "nuke" the health care plan entirely."
  • "I think a drone strike might be allowable if we were taking out a nuke that al-Qaeda might transport, w/collateral damage to (say) a U.S. citizen in league with them; but really, one nuke is not an existential threat."