Definition of Nuclear

1. Adjective. (weapons) deriving destructive energy from the release of atomic energy. "Atomic bombs"

Exact synonyms: Atomic
Similar to: Thermonuclear
Antonyms: Conventional

2. Adjective. Of or relating to or constituting the nucleus of an atom. "Nuclear forces"
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Partainyms: Nucleus

3. Adjective. Of or relating to or constituting the nucleus of a cell. "Nuclear division"
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Partainyms: Nucleus

4. Adjective. Constituting or like a nucleus. "The nuclear core of the congregation"
Similar to: Central

Definition of Nuclear

1. Adjective. (biology) Pertaining to the nucleus of a cell. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. Pertaining to a centre around which something is developed or organised; central, pivotal. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

3. Adjective. Pertaining to the atomic nucleus. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

4. Adjective. Involving atomic energy. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

5. Adjective. Of a weapon: deriving its force from rapid release of atomic energy. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

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Definition of Nuclear

1. pertaining to a nucleus [adj] - See also: nucleus

Medical Definition of Nuclear

1. Of or pertaining to a nucleus; as, the nuclear spindle or the nuclear fibrils of a cell; the nuclear part of a comet, etc. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nuclear

nuchal fascia
nuchal ligament
nuchal plane
nuchal region
nuchal rigidity
nuchal tubercle
nuclear (current term)
nuclear-cytoplasmic ratio
nuclear-electric rocket
nuclear-electric rockets
nuclear-free zone
nuclear-powered ship
nuclear-powered submarine
nuclear-pulse rocket
nuclear-pulse rockets
nuclear-thermal rocket
nuclear-thermal rockets
nuclear-thermoelectric rocket
nuclear-thermoelectric rockets
nuclear Overhauser effect

Literary usage of Nuclear

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Preventing Deadly Conflict edited by David A. Hamburg, Cyrus R. Vance (1998)
"There are three main sources of insecurity today: the threat posed by nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction; the possibility of conventional ..."

2. Energy Policies of IEA Countries: 2005 Review by International Energy Agency (2005)
"nuclear There is a marked difference among member countries regarding their ... Some countries wish to retain and improve the nuclear option for the future ..."

3. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"25, 1963. of a treaty which partially bans nuclear testing, 414 nuclear tests had been ... 1948 April—United States tests three nuclear devices at ..."

4. Energy Policies of IEA Countries by International Energy Agency (2004)
"CURRENT nuclear GENERATION In 2001, nuclear power accounted for 18% of Finland's TPES and ... Finland has two nuclear power plants; Loviisa and Olkiluoto. ..."

5. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1904)
"the surface of the nucleus and thus form a dense felt around the nuclear membrane. Presently the nuclear membrane which was before a definite film becomes ..."

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