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nuclearadjective

  • nuclear adjective (OF ATOMS)

physics us   /ˈnu·kli·ər/ [not gradable] of or relating to a process by which the nucleus (= central part) of an atom is divided or joined to another nucleus, resulting in the release of energy
 us   /ˈnu·kli·ər/ [not gradable] relating to weapons, or the use of weapons, in which an atom is divided or joined to another nucleus to release energy in a destructive way: nuclear war nuclear disarmament (= giving up or removing a country’s nuclear weapons)
  • nuclear adjective (OF CELLS)

biology /ˈnu·kli·ər/ [not gradable] of or relating to the nucleus of a cell
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"nuclear" in British English

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nuclearadjective

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 industry
B2 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
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nuclearadjective

uk   /ˈnjuːkliər/  us   /ˈnuːkliər/
ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION relating to the power produced when the central part of an atom is divided or joined to another one: nuclear energy/power/fuel The country had agreed to disable its main nuclear fuel production plant by the end of the year. the nuclear industry a nuclear plant/facility
relating to weapons that use nuclear energy: a nuclear bomb/deterrent/war
(Definition of nuclear from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “nuclear”
in Arabic نَوَوي…
in Korean 핵의…
in Portuguese nuclear…
in Catalan nuclear…
in Japanese 原子力の, 原子(核)の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 能源, 核能的, 使用核能的…
in Turkish nükleer, atom çekirdeğinin merkezine ilişkin…
in Russian ядерный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 能源, 核能的, 使用核能的…
in Italian nucleare…
in Polish jądrowy, nuklearny…
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