1. a nuclear or thermonuclear weapon.
  2. a nuclear power plant or nuclear reactor.
  3. nuclear energy: to convert from coal to nuke.


  1. of or relating to a nuclear or thermonuclear weapon or to a nuclear plant.

verb (used with object), nuked, nuk·ing.

  1. to attack, defeat, or destroy with or as if with nuclear weapons.
  2. Slang. to cook or bake in a microwave oven.

verb (tr)

  1. to attack or destroy with nuclear weapons


  1. a nuclear bomb
  2. a military strike with nuclear weapons
  3. nuclear power
  4. mainly US a nuclear power plant

n.short for nuclear weapon, 1959, U.S. military slang (see nuclear). The verb is attested from 1962; the slang sense of “to cook in a microwave oven” is from 1987. Related: Nuked; nuking.

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