What does Nuclear mean?

Definitions for Nuclear
ˈnu kli ər, ˈnyu-; by metathesis -kyə lər; -kli ər; -klə yər; -kyə lərnu·cle·ar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nuclear, atomicadjective

    (weapons) deriving destructive energy from the release of atomic energy

    "nuclear war"; "nuclear weapons"; "atomic bombs"

  2. nuclearadjective

    of or relating to or constituting the nucleus of an atom

    "nuclear physics"; "nuclear fission"; "nuclear forces"

  3. nuclearadjective

    of or relating to or constituting the nucleus of a cell

    "nuclear membrane"; "nuclear division"

  4. nuclearadjective

    constituting or like a nucleus

    "annexation of the suburban fringe by the nuclear metropolis"; "the nuclear core of the congregation"


  1. Nuclearadjective

    of, pertaining to, or using nuclear weapons; a nuclear exchange, i.e. a reciprocal bombardment by nuclear weapons..

  2. Nuclearadjective

    Of, pertaining to, or powered by atomic energy; same as nuclear-powered; as, a nuclear submarine; a nuclear power plant.

  3. Nuclearadjective

    Of or pertaining to nations possessing nuclear weapons; as, the nuclear club.


  1. nuclearadjective

    Pertaining to the nucleus of a cell.

  2. nuclearadjective

    Pertaining to a centre around which something is developed or organised; central, pivotal.

  3. nuclearadjective

    Pertaining to the atomic nucleus.

  4. nuclearadjective

    Involving atomic energy.

    a nuclear reactor

  5. nuclearadjective

    Of a weapon: deriving its force from rapid release of atomic energy.

    a nuclear explosion


  1. Nuclear

    Nuclear is a song by singer-songwriter Ryan Adams from his 2002 album Demolition, the only single from the album. The song was recorded during Adams' July 2001 sessions with the Pinkhearts in Nashville. In 2002, Adams spoke with CNN about the song: "I guess it's Britpop for Americans. I don't know what it is, really, but the lyrics are funny. There's actually a really funny line in it that says, 'I saw her and the Yankees lost to the Braves.' If you're from Atlanta, that's not a very nice thing to say. It's sort of referring to the fact that the Braves never win." (The Atlanta Braves lost both the 1996 and 1999 World Series to the New York Yankees.) Among the b-sides included on the various "Nuclear" singles are the non-album tracks "Blue" and "Song For Keith". Adams co-wrote "Blue" with Julianna Raye, and the song comes from the 48 Hours sessions. "Song For Keith" is a tribute to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and was recorded during The Pinkhearts Sessions.


  1. nuclear

    Nuclear refers to anything related to the nucleus or core of something, particularly pertaining to atomic nuclei. Often used in scientific contexts, it can involve processes, reactions, energy, physics, or weaponry which involve changes in the structure of atomic nuclei. For instance, in nuclear power, energy is produced by splitting the nuclei of certain atoms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nuclearadjective

    of or pertaining to a nucleus; as, the nuclear spindle (see Illust. of Karyokinesis) or the nuclear fibrils of a cell; the nuclear part of a comet, etc

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Nuclear' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1223

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Nuclear' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2976

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Nuclear' in Adjectives Frequency: #151

Anagrams for Nuclear »

  1. unclear

  2. crenula

  3. lucarne

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nuclear in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nuclear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Nuclear in a Sentence

  1. Christine Lambrecht:

    One thing is certain: the current situation means we need to do more together, the brutal Russian war of aggression in Ukraine is getting more and more brutal and unscrupulous... Russia’s threat of nuclear weapons shows that Russian authorities have no scruples.

  2. Fu Haizhong:

    Look, i bought China National Nuclear Power when it was at its lowest today. I'll sell when it rises. If not today, then tomorrow. If not tomorrow, then the day after tomorrow.

  3. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    The enemy is using the lever of sanctions to the hilt and their goal is to stop our people's progress, i believe that if we allow them to dictate to us on the nuclear issue, they will still keep the sanctions in place because what they are against is the very foundation of our revolution.

  4. Olli Heinonen:

    You can repaint, and pour concrete, to hide radioactive residue or simulate the tests with non-nuclear material.

  5. John Kasich:

    Just remember Reagan in Reykjavik where Gorbachev said, look, get rid of all nuclear weapons, and I remember Reagan getting back in the car and saying ‘no, we're not gonna do that,’ so, you have to have the strength to walk away. The problem, Bret, with all of this is just listen to our Arab friends who say, 'listen, if you give the Iranians all this cash by lifting the sanctions, they're going to fund Hamas. They're going to fund Hezbollah' who is the enemy to the Arab nations that we have things in common with.

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