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nuclear

adjective uk   /ˈnjuː.klɪər/  us   /ˈnuː.kliː.ɚ/

nuclear adjective (POWER)

B2 being or using the power produced when the nucleus of an atom is divided or joined to another nucleus: nuclear energy/power a nuclear power plant the nuclear industryB2 relating to weapons, or the use of weapons, which use the power produced when the nucleus of an atom is divided or joined to another nucleus: a nuclear war/attack nuclear disarmament How many nations have a nuclear capability (= have nuclear weapons)?
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nuclear adjective (PHYSICS)

specialized physics relating to the nucleus of an atom: nuclear fission/fusion/physics
Translations of “nuclear”
in Korean 핵의…
in Arabic نَوَوي…
in Portuguese nuclear…
in Catalan nuclear…
in Japanese 原子力の, 原子(核)の…
in Italian nucleare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 能源, 核能的, 使用核能的…
in Russian ядерный…
in Turkish nükleer, atom çekirdeğinin merkezine ilişkin…
in Chinese (Simplified) 能源, 核能的, 使用核能的…
in Polish jądrowy, nuklearny…
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