Definition of nuke in English:

nuke

noun

informal
  • 1A nuclear weapon.

    • ‘There's lots of data available online about suitcase nukes, and nuclear weapons generally.’
    • ‘The United States is now considering developing a new generation of nuclear weapons, smart nukes which could be used to bust open bunkers and destroy weapons of mass destruction stockpiled by rogue states.’
    • ‘It's always seemed to me that that likeliest scenario is a loose nuke or a dirty bomb in a shipping container.’
    • ‘It fired no nukes or chemical weapons, and posed us no danger.’
    • ‘It's increasingly possible now for hostile states to acquire earlier generations of missile technology in the hope of some day being able to top them with nukes or biological weapons, the report warns.’
    • ‘Look, I'm no fan of how-to guides for chemical weapons or backyard nukes.’
    • ‘That could lead to an Asian rim armed to the teeth with nukes and other weapons.’
    • ‘What will the next mayor of London say about war, occupation, new nukes, Trident, nuclear trains?’
    • ‘The nukes will spur Japanese deployment of ABMs and may nudge Japan toward deploying offensive forces.’
    • ‘It is only a matter of time before a dirty bomb, a suitcase nuke, or a biological attack hits an American city.’
    • ‘Tactical nukes can be launched over an unpopulated area from field artillery guns or aircraft to halt an enemy advance or in an effort to intimidate a numerically stronger enemy.’
    • ‘In 1958, the US began to deploy hundreds of nuclear warheads, atomic mines, artillery shells and air-dropped nukes in South Korea.’
    • ‘In addition to the United States and Russia, only China is believed to have a large stockpile of about 120 TNWs or ‘baby nukes.’’
    • ‘Washington needs a strategy based on the ‘Three No's’: no loose nukes, no nascent nukes, and no new nuclear states.’
    • ‘In 1984, I participated in a war game featuring a Cessna rigged with a tiny nuke and flown by a suicide pilot.’
    • ‘I assume they aren't carrying nukes - ICBMs would be the preferred delivery system in that case - so all we have are a few bombers with a few payloads of ordinary bombs.’
    • ‘Death is death whether it comes in the form of a nuke, a bomb, a plane or an envelope.’
    • ‘I can make or disable virtually any explosive except a nuke.’
    1. 1.1A nuclear power station.
    2. 1.2A nuclear-powered vessel.
      ‘The new enemy uses diesel-electric boats which, when running just on batteries, are much more difficult to find than those always loud Soviet nukes.’

verb

[with object]informal
  • 1Attack or destroy with nuclear weapons.

    • ‘You said ‘send conventional troops that he can only repel with his nuclear weapons, which will cause us to nuke him’.’
    • ‘Why don't we try to destroy tropical cyclones by nuking them?’
    • ‘It's not a case of ‘if you're planning to nuke us, we're going to nuke you’ it's a case of ‘if we think you're going to attack us, we're going to nuke you.’’
    • ‘If it doesn't, well he can always nuke the site from orbit and claim there was a nuclear accident.’
    • ‘We talked about it in the pub with the usual cross section of people giving off views ranging from the eminently sensible to the completely barking view of nuking them all.’
    • ‘Otherwise radical moves might result in these two nations ending up nuking each other.’
    • ‘Though unlike the 1968 version, where we've nuked ourselves and devastated the planet, there's no actual evidence of that here.’
    • ‘Back on the beach, the rising moon looked really cool - it was orange and smokey and made it look like Melbourne had been nuked until it rose a bit higher and we could see the bottom.’
    • ‘Not that I'm saying Shanghai ought to have been nuked, merely if victory was required, then it might have been necessary.’
    • ‘There was constant hysterical invocation of an absurd counterfactual scenario: ‘What if he actually was planning to nuke us in 45 minutes?’’
    • ‘He asks Brigadier General Paul Tibbets, who dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima, how he feels when people say ‘Let's nuke 'em’.’
    • ‘You'd almost think that he wanted them to nuke California or something… perhaps its because they're democrats?’
    • ‘So, why not just use man-made nuclear energy and nuke the planet today?’
    • ‘No, we didn't actually get nuked or wiped out by ebola or nerve gas; aliens didn't land on the White House lawn.’
    1. 1.1Destroy; get rid of.
      ‘I fertilized the lawn and nuked the weeds’
      • ‘So I ended up even sicker, in bed, and in between sleeping, feeling sorry for myself, and nuking the jumping spider (the exciting highlight of the weekend), I did some thinking.’
      • ‘After Valve updated the official FAQ entry with a recommendation to try out the latest beta video drivers, I gave it a try. 67.02 are the latest Detonators, so I nuked the previous set with Driver Cleaner and reinstalled.’
      • ‘‘I think I just nuked the computer's hard drive,’ I said, quivering.’
      • ‘You may have trouble finding a copy of this as Real nuked the original downloads a while back, but a bit of googling should find it.’
      • ‘Most of us are in the indifferent camp thus allowing politicians, theologians and academics to nuke the world, while producing between them, not one thing of true value.’
      • ‘Don't be afraid to nuke stuff that isn't interesting.’
      • ‘He's disappointed at his lack of strength after nuking himself in a combination carnival ride / X-ray machine, but later when he dreams about his wife's fiery death, he's so angry that he turns into The Hulk.’
      • ‘I have bought some more slug stoppa granules from the DIY store, which was all they had in the slug prevention line that didn't involve nuking the little b * ggers.’
      • ‘I have escaped, and with the help of your suggestively named, buxom employee, I shall stop you from nuking the U.S. gold supply!’
      • ‘Suddenly, nuking the Powerbook and going fresh with Tiger is on my mind again.’
    2. 1.2Cook or heat up (food) in a microwave oven.
      ‘I nuked a quick burger’
      • ‘Unlike normal cooking, when food is nuked numerous chemical bonds are ruptured, leaving behind a trail of free radicals, ions, and other radiolytic byproducts.’
      • ‘I really need to just shut off all the machines, nuke the leftover pizza and watch ‘Blind Date’ until my brains run out my nose.’
      • ‘I got home, nuked yesterday's pizza, read the paper.’
      • ‘The house was filled with the smells of after-school snacks being nuked as we walked in.’
      • ‘The food is cooked, not nuked, and cooking takes time. The slow pace suits the service, which is charming.’
      • ‘We watch through our fingers as another convenience meal is nuked in the microwave, another can of fizzy pop is guzzled, another packet of crisps scoffed.’
      • ‘He smiled a sexy smile and unwrapped the bowl, nuking it in the microwave for about 3 minutes.’
      • ‘She poured milk into a glass and put it into the microwave to nuke it.’
      • ‘While waiting for the microwave to nuke our meal, w sat down on the stools in the kitchen and began to talk.’
      • ‘It's all very tasty, all very stylish and all very cold when you buy it frozen from Sainsbury's before nuking it in the microwave before your guests arrive.’
      • ‘After several months when her comfort level increased, I progressed to putting a Hershey bar on a salad plate and nuking it into molten goodness.’
      • ‘You can nuke some for breakfast, or mix it with hot water for a quick vending-machine-free snack at work.’
      • ‘If I have been working all day, it's getting late and he is hungry (which he invariably is, all day, every day) then it seems sensible rather than sadistic to nuke him a shepherd's pie in the microwave while boiling up a pot of peas and carrots.’
      • ‘In fact, you can even cook the rice, the chicken and the pepper and onion mixture in bulk, then quickly nuke them and throw this burrito together in minutes when the craving hits.’
      • ‘She pushed things around the refrigerator, looking for some convenient leftovers in a Rubbermaid container to nuke.’
      • ‘And the cook, Jay Jay, earns five buckets of stars for serving happy drinkers real good food, not idiotic nuked empanadas!’
      • ‘Anyway, that's by the by. The point is that whilst idly nuking the noodles I noticed that the sell-by date was October 2172.’
      • ‘‘There you are, Dolly,’ I said, doing my best to avoid tripping over a foot-winding Harry while I nuked a drop of Carnation Milk.’
      • ‘So I nuked a jar of Veet Warm Wax, made a little pot of rooibos tea with honey and soy milk, and set up a portable radio and portable heater in the bathroom.’
      • ‘We use technology in our cooking… we nuke stuff.’

Origin

1950s abbreviation of nuclear.

Pronunciation

nuke

/njuːk/