An adjective referring to the process (or processes) in which very high temperatures are used to bring about the fusion of light nuclei with the accompanying release of energy.

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  • thermonuclear — [thʉr΄mō no͞o′klē ər, thʉr΄mōnyo͞o′klē ər] adj. [ THERMO + NUCLEAR] Physics 1. designating or of a reaction in which isotopes of a light element, esp. hydrogen, fuse at temperatures of millions of degrees into heavier nuclei 2. designating, of,… …   English World dictionary

  • thermonuclear — (adj.) 1938 with reference to stars, 1953 of weapons (technically only to describe the hydrogen bomb), from THERMO (Cf. thermo ) + NUCLEAR (Cf. nuclear) …   Etymology dictionary

  • thermonuclear — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to or using nuclear fusion reactions that occur at very high temperatures …   English terms dictionary

  • thermonuclear — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1938 1. of, relating to, or employing transformations in the nuclei of atoms of low atomic weight (as hydrogen) that require a very high temperature for their inception (as in the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • thermonuclear — /therr moh nooh klee euhr, nyooh / or, by metathesis, / kyeuh leuhr/, adj. of, pertaining to, or involving a thermonuclear reaction: thermonuclear power. [1935 40; THERMO + NUCLEAR] Pronunciation. See nuclear. * * * …   Universalium

  • thermonuclear — ther|mo|nu|cle|ar [ˌθə:məuˈnju:kliə US ˌθə:rmouˈnu:kliər] adj thermonuclear weapons use a ↑nuclear reaction, involving the splitting of atoms, to produce very high temperatures and a very powerful explosion ▪ a thermonuclear device …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thermonuclear — adjective thermonuclear weapons use a nuclear reaction, involving the splitting of atoms, to produce very high temperatures and a very powerful explosion: a thermonuclear device …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • thermonuclear — ther•mo•nu•cle•ar [[t]ˌθɜr moʊˈnu kli ər, ˈnyu [/t]] or, by metathesis, [[t] kyə lər[/t]] adj. 1) phs of, pertaining to, or involving fusion reactions between nuclei of a light element, as hydrogen, that require temperatures of several million… …   From formal English to slang

  • thermonuclear — adj. Thermonuclear is used with these nouns: ↑reaction, ↑weapon …   Collocations dictionary

  • thermonuclear — [[t]θɜ͟ː(r)moʊnju͟ːkliə(r), AM nu͟ːk [/t]] also thermo nuclear ADJ: ADJ n A thermonuclear weapon or device is one which uses the high temperatures that result from a nuclear reaction in order to cause it to explode …   English dictionary

  • thermonuclear — termobranduolinis statusas T sritis apsauga nuo naikinimo priemonių apibrėžtis Tai terminas (būdvardis), žymintis procesą (procesus), kuriame naudojamos labai aukštos temperatūros, siekiant sukelti lengvųjų branduolių sintezę, kurios metu… …   Apsaugos nuo naikinimo priemonių enciklopedinis žodynas

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