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

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

nuclear m, f (plural nucleares)

  1. nuclear

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