nuclear

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Nuclear is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • (Canada) IPA: /ˈn(j)ukliɚ/
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  • (UK) IPA: /ˈnjuː.klɪə/
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  • (US) IPA: /ˈn(j)ukliɚ/ or /ˈn(j)ukjəlɚ/ (see usage notes)
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Adjective[change]

Positive
nuclear

Comparative
more nuclear

Superlative
most nuclear

  1. Nuclear weapons, power, waste, etc. is produced by the collosion of more than one nucleus, the central part of an atom.
    Japan relies mainly on nuclear power (atomic energy) generation for its energy needs.
    The US has more nuclear weapons than any other country. Many of them are called atomic bombs.
    Most Canadians live in a nuclear family: the husband, wife, and children.

Usage notes[change]

  • The pronunciation /nukjəlɚ/ is common but not standard.