Definitions for nuclear explosion
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nuclear explosion, atomic explosion(noun)
the explosion of an atomic bomb
A nuclear explosion is a man-made explosion that occurs as a result of the rapid release of energy from an intentionally generated high-speed nuclear reaction. The driving reaction may be nuclear fission, nuclear fusion or a multistage cascading combination of the two, though to date all fusion based weapons have used a fission device to initiate fusion, and a pure fusion weapon remains a hypothetical device. Atmospheric nuclear explosions are associated with mushroom clouds, although mushroom clouds can occur with large chemical explosions, and it is possible to have an air-burst nuclear explosion without these clouds. Nuclear explosions produce radiation and radioactive debris.
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