Associations to the word «Nuclear»


NUCLEAR, adjective. (biology) Pertaining to the nucleus of a cell. [from 19th c.]
NUCLEAR, adjective. Pertaining to a centre around which something is developed or organised; central, pivotal. [from 19th c.]
NUCLEAR, adjective. Pertaining to the atomic nucleus. [from 20th c.]
NUCLEAR, adjective. Involving energy released by nuclear reactions (fission, fusion, radioactive decay). [from 20th c.]
NUCLEAR, adjective. Of a weapon: deriving its force from rapid release of energy through nuclear reactions. [from 20th c.]
NUCLEAR AGE, noun. The age in which nuclear energy and nuclear weapons were developed.
NUCLEAR AIRBURST, noun. The explosion of a nuclear weapon at such an altitude that the fireball remains above the ground
NUCLEAR AIRBURSTS, noun. Plural of nuclear airburst
NUCLEAR AIRCRAFT, noun. A proposed aircraft that would be powered by nuclear energy
NUCLEAR ARTILLERY, noun. A limited-yield nuclear weapon delivered using an artillery shell
NUCLEAR BATTERY, noun. (physics) Any device that converts the energy of particles emitted from atomic nuclei into electrical energy.
NUCLEAR BINDING ENERGY, noun. (physics) The energy needed to caused fission of an atomic nucleus into its component parts
NUCLEAR BOMB, noun. A nuclear weapon
NUCLEAR BOMBS, noun. Plural of nuclear bomb
NUCLEAR CATARACT, noun. (medicine) a cataract that affects just the dense inner part of the lens
NUCLEAR CHARGE, noun. (physics) The electric charge of a nucleus of an atom, equal to the number of protons in the nucleus times the elementary charge.
NUCLEAR CHARGES, noun. Plural of nuclear charge
NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY, noun. (chemistry) (physics) The application of chemical techniques to the solution of problems in nuclear physics, including the discovery of naturally occurring and synthetic radioactive elements and the results of nuclear fission.
NUCLEAR DATA, noun. Compilation of experimental and evaluated data describing nuclear properties.
NUCLEAR DETERRENT, noun. The arsenal of nuclear weapons of a nation viewed as a deterrent to an enemy from attacking.
NUCLEAR ENERGY, noun. (physics) the energy released by a nuclear reaction; either through nuclear fission or nuclear fusion
NUCLEAR ENERGY, noun. Such energy used as a power source
NUCLEAR ENVELOPE, noun. (biology) nuclear membrane
NUCLEAR ENVELOPES, noun. Plural of nuclear envelope
NUCLEAR FAMILIES, noun. Plural of nuclear family
NUCLEAR FAMILY, noun. A family unit consisting of two parents (a mother and a father) and their children.
NUCLEAR FISSION, noun. (physics) a nuclear reaction in which a large nucleus splits into smaller ones with the simultaneous release of energy
NUCLEAR FISSIONS, noun. Plural of nuclear fission
NUCLEAR FORCE, noun. (physics) The force that acts between nucleons and binds protons and neutrons into atomic nuclei; the residual strong force
NUCLEAR FORCE, noun. (physics) The strong interaction that binds quarks and gluons together to form nucleons; the colour force
NUCLEAR FORCES, noun. Plural of nuclear force
NUCLEAR FORENSICS, noun. The scientific techniques used to investigate nuclear accidents and other incidents
NUCLEAR FUSION, noun. (physics) The combining of the nuclei of small atoms to form the nuclei of larger ones, with a resulting release of large quantities of energy; the process that makes the sun shine, and hydrogen bomb explode.
NUCLEAR FUSIONS, noun. Plural of nuclear fusion
NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST, noun. The envisaged result of a nuclear war or nuclear accident, especially one involving widespread destruction of life and the environment.
NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST, noun. The possibility of complete annihilation of human civilization by nuclear war.
NUCLEAR HOLOCAUSTS, noun. Plural of nuclear holocaust
NUCLEAR HYDROGEN DETECTION METER, noun. (roofing) A device that contains a radioactive source to emit high velocity neutrons into a roof system. Reflecting neutrons are measured by a gauge that is used to detect hydrogen; the quantity of hydrogen detected may be linked to the pressure of water.
NUCLEAR MAGNETIC PULSE, noun. Electromagnetic pulse
NUCLEAR MAGNETIC PULSES, noun. Plural of nuclear magnetic pulse
NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE, noun. (physics) The absorption of electromagnetic radiation (radio waves), at a specific frequency, by an atomic nucleus placed in a strong magnetic field; used in spectroscopy and in magnetic resonance imaging.
NUCLEAR MAGNETON, noun. (physics) The unit of magnetic moment used to describe nucleons such as the proton.
NUCLEAR MATRIX, noun. (biology) A framework of fibers extending throughout the nucleus of a cell.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE, noun. (medicine) The branch of medicine that uses radioactive isotopes in the diagnosis and treatment of disease
NUCLEAR MEMBRANE, noun. A double lipid bilayer that surrounds the genetic material in eukaryotic cells
NUCLEAR MEMBRANES, noun. Plural of nuclear membrane
NUCLEAR OPTION, noun. A possible course of action to resolve a problem, which course is considered extreme because of its collateral consequences.
NUCLEAR OVERHAUSER EFFECT, noun. The transfer of nuclear spin polarization from one nuclear spin population to another via cross-relaxation.
NUCLEAR PHYSICS, noun. The branch of physics that studies the nucleus of the atom, its internal structure and components.
NUCLEAR PORE COMPLEX, noun. (biology) A proteinaceous assembly that selectively transports cargoes across the nuclear envelope
NUCLEAR POWER, noun. (uncountable) Power, especially electrical power, obtained using nuclear fission or nuclear fusion
NUCLEAR POWER, noun. (countable) A nation that possesses nuclear weapons
NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, noun. A power plant that obtains its primary energy from the heat generated in nuclear reactions.
NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, noun. Plural of nuclear power plant
NUCLEAR POWER STATION, noun. A power station that obtains its primary energy from the heat generated in nuclear reactions.
NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS, noun. Plural of nuclear power station
NUCLEAR QUADRUPOLE RESONANCE, noun. (physics) (chemistry) A technique, allied to nuclear magnetic resonance, that has a number of academic and practical applications.
NUCLEAR REACTION, noun. A process such as the fission of an atomic nucleus, or the fusion of one or more atomic nuclei and / or subatomic particles in which the number of protons and / or neutrons in a nucleus changes; the reaction products may contain a different element or a different isotope of the same element
NUCLEAR REACTIONS, noun. Plural of nuclear reaction
NUCLEAR REACTOR, noun. (physics) Any device in which a controlled chain reaction is maintained for the purpose of creating heat (for power generation) or for creating neutrons and other fission products for experimental, medical or other purposes.
NUCLEAR REACTORS, noun. Plural of nuclear reactor
NUCLEAR RESPONSE FUNCTION, noun. (physics) A relationship that describes the probability of a particle that collides with another being scattered in any particular manner
NUCLEAR RESPONSE FUNCTIONS, noun. Plural of nuclear response function
NUCLEAR ROCKET, noun. (astronautics) A rocket with a nuclear reactor aboard.
NUCLEAR ROCKET, noun. (astronautics) A rocket where a nuclear process, especially an on-board fission reactor, enables thrust to be produced.
NUCLEAR ROCKETS, noun. Plural of nuclear rocket
NUCLEAR SPECTROSCOPIC TELESCOPE ARRAY, proper noun. (astronomy) (NASA) A space-based NASA X-ray telescope that uses a Wolter telescope to focus high energy X-rays from astrophysical sources, especially for nuclear spectroscopy, and operates in the range of 5 to 80 keV.
NUCLEAR SPECTRUM, noun. (physics) The distribution of the intensity of particles or radiation emitted in a nuclear process as a function of energy - a unique signature of each process.
NUCLEAR SUMMER, noun. A period, hypothesised to follow a nuclear winter, in which surface temperatures rise to a dangerous degree.
NUCLEAR SUMMERS, noun. Plural of nuclear summer
NUCLEAR TESTING, noun. The testing of a nuclear weapon.
NUCLEAR WAR, noun. A war fought using nuclear (fission of fusion) weapons.
NUCLEAR WARFARE, noun. The use of nuclear weapons as weapons of war.
NUCLEAR WARS, noun. Plural of nuclear war
NUCLEAR WASTE, noun. The more or less radioactive waste produced by nuclear reactors and others.
NUCLEAR WEAPON, noun. A weapon that derives its energy from the nuclear reactions of either fission or fusion.
NUCLEAR WEAPONS, noun. Plural of nuclear weapon
NUCLEAR WINTER, noun. A predicted drop in global temperature following a nuclear war due to dust in the upper atmosphere reducing sunlight reaching the ground.
NUCLEAR WINTERS, noun. Plural of nuclear winter

Dictionary definition

NUCLEAR, adjective. (weapons) deriving destructive energy from the release of atomic energy; "nuclear war"; "nuclear weapons"; "atomic bombs".
NUCLEAR, adjective. Of or relating to or constituting the nucleus of an atom; "nuclear physics"; "nuclear fission"; "nuclear forces".
NUCLEAR, adjective. Of or relating to or constituting the nucleus of a cell; "nuclear membrane"; "nuclear division".
NUCLEAR, adjective. Constituting or like a nucleus; "annexation of the suburban fringe by the nuclear metropolis"; "the nuclear core of the congregation".

Wise words

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