nuclear

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From nucleus +‎ -ar.

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Adjective[edit]

nuclear (not comparable)

  1. (biology) Pertaining to the nucleus of a cell. [from 19th c.]
    • 2011, Terence Allen and Graham Cowling, The Cell: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2011, p. 17:
      However, the DNA in a bacterial cell is a single circular molecule and there is no separate nuclear compartment.
  2. Pertaining to a centre around which something is developed or organised; central, pivotal. [from 19th c.]
  3. Pertaining to the atomic nucleus. [from 20th c.]
  4. Involving atomic energy. [from 20th c.]
    a nuclear reactor
  5. Of a weapon: deriving its force from rapid release of atomic energy. [from 20th c.]
    a nuclear explosion

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Geoffrey Nunberg, “Going Nucular”, 2002.

External links[edit]

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Catalan[edit]

Adjective[edit]

nuclear m, f (masculine and feminine plural nuclears)

  1. nuclear

Portuguese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

nuclear m, f (plural nucleares; comparable)

  1. nuclear; central (to a centre around which something is developed or organised)
  2. (biology) nuclear (relating to the nucleus of cells)
  3. (physics) nuclear (relating to the nucleus of atoms)
  4. nuclear (involving atomic energy or weapons)

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

nuclear m, f (plural nucleares)

  1. nuclear

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