Definition of non-nuclear in English:



  • 1Not possessing or involving nuclear energy or weapons.

    ‘hazardous, non-nuclear, chemical wastes’
    ‘non-nuclear wars’
    • ‘Editorial writers in the United States saw here ‘an alarming shift in planning,’ wherein Russian leaders now felt ‘obliged to rely on nuclear weapons to defend their frontiers against even a nonnuclear attack.’’
    • ‘The primary anti-machinery arsenal includes the microwave weapon, the non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse, and the laser weapon.’
    • ‘It also explains that nuclear weapons will be ‘integrated with new non-nuclear strategic capabilities,’ according to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.’
    • ‘A bomber can be recalled, rerouted in flight, used as a show of force, or used in a nonnuclear conflict.’
    • ‘For example, if several non-nuclear units around the Air Force experience similar failures of a specific vehicle and do not report it, then a severe mishap could occur when a nuclear unit uses that same vehicle.’
    • ‘Strategic offensive capabilities include nonnuclear, even nonkinetic, strikes as well as traditional nuclear force employment.’
    • ‘Even a conventional, non-nuclear war could have disastrous consequences for the United States.’
    • ‘Mr Jake Swinson is from the armaments centre, which develops, tests, evaluates and acquires non-nuclear, air-dropped munitions.’
    • ‘In their arrogance and recklessness they are openly admitting they plan first-strike nuclear attacks against non-nuclear powers, endangering the very survival of humankind with their hegemonic attitude.’
    • ‘The US is bound, as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear powers.’
    • ‘It is equally applicable to both nuclear and non-nuclear deterrence, especially with regard to ‘threats of the second kind.’’
    • ‘Watts's judgment that nonnuclear antisatellite attacks on individual satellites would be taken seriously by the U.S. leadership but might not lead to war seems plausible.’
    • ‘Therefore it is necessary, already now, to implement diplomatic measures and reach agreement on limiting strategic non-nuclear weapon systems.’
    • ‘The missile defence program was a non-nuclear defensive system that will not threaten other countries.’
    • ‘They have seen the disparate treatment Americans accord to nuclear and non-nuclear enemies.’
    • ‘The main objective, the basic rationale of nuclear preemption is the use of force to deter and, if need be, to stop an act of large-scale non-nuclear aggression.’
    • ‘And let's not forget the sustained buildup of nuclear and nonnuclear forces throughout Europe.’
    • ‘It also provided very general guidelines for the future use of nuclear weapons, declaring that these weapons may be used ‘against targets able to withstand nonnuclear attack’ or ‘in the event of surprising military developments.’’
    • ‘A first-use of nuclear weapons by the US should be unthinkable, and responding to a non-nuclear attack with nuclear weapons violates a central tenet of just war and US military tradition.’
    • ‘It will analyze the effects of implosions during non-nuclear mock-up experiments - simulations that will render actual weapons stockpile testing unnecessary.’
  • 2Physics
    Not involving or forming part of a nucleus or nuclei.

    • ‘These results point out the difference between the passive diffusion and facilitated spread mechanisms characterizing the nuclear and nonnuclear areas, respectively.’