Definition of airburst in English:



  • An explosion in the air, especially of a nuclear bomb or large meteorite.

    ‘the 1908 Tunguska airburst had a shock wave sufficient to fell trees’
    • ‘These dastardly bombs contain coils of metal that fragment when the core charge detonates, usually in an airburst that showers people below with shrapnel.’
    • ‘My guess is that we'd probably survive an airburst, if it were to happen.’
    • ‘Once set off, they will shoot into the air, pop once, twice, thrice, and shower the old people and children below with an airburst of hot embers.’
    • ‘What happens when an airburst nuke takes out all my computers?’
    • ‘Thirty miles from the targets, they began seeing the airbursts of radar-controlled antiaircraft artillery.’
    • ‘After firing just a few digitally generated rounds I was able to rapidly laser range a target and take it out with an airburst.’
    • ‘An airburst of this size occurs roughly once per decade.’
    • ‘It's the size of the fire created by a one megaton airburst.’
    • ‘The Holy Ghost moves as a choral whisper over the waters, before light blazes forth like the airburst of an atomic explosion: terribly beautiful.’
    • ‘Before 1914 artillery shells had consisted mainly of shrapnel, whose airbursts were effective in mobile warfare.’
    • ‘Instead they found a circular patch of badly charred and flattened trees 60 kilometres across, formed by the airburst as the rock disintegrated explosively due to the huge stresses caused by entry into the atmosphere.’
    • ‘The heat and concussive force of the airbursts produced the expected results, instantly engulfing the rebel base in an apocalyptic conflagration.’
    • ‘Most of the shells landed in soft snow and were duds; only those that struck rock or ice would detonate - unless they were airburst shells, which have fuses timed to explode before they hit the ground.’
    • ‘Gamma radiation from an airburst will cause death to people caught in the open to a distance of about 1,400 yards.’
    • ‘Objects 50 meters across strike Earth every few centuries, causing airbursts that rival the effects of large thermonuclear bombs.’
    • ‘I should note that what's important here is the general principle, not the exact numbers, because the equation I'm using was developed for nuclear airbursts.’
    • ‘Yes, they fail too, but you can often retrieve your data, and the chance that both my computer and my exterior hard drive will fail simultaneously is rather rare, unless a nuclear airburst wipes all electronics out.’
    • ‘‘An airburst would be a blast somewhere in the region of 500-600 megatons,’ Bland said in an e-mail interview.’