Definition of H-bomb in US English:



  • another term for hydrogen bomb
    • ‘Such modern weapons are commonly referred to as thermonuclear weapons - or, more simply, H-bombs.’
    • ‘I'd long heard about the Progressive case, a 1979 decision in which the judge enjoined the publication of an article about the design of H-bombs.’
    • ‘At the age of 21, he was stationed on a ship 20 miles from Christmas Island as an H-bomb 1,000 times bigger than the Hiroshima bomb was detonated.’
    • ‘The joint chiefs of staff sexed up the threat of an imminent Soviet nuclear attack to get the H-bomb approved.’
    • ‘The first United States explosion of an H-bomb, or hydrogen bomb, took place in 1952.’
    • ‘Hiroshima and Nagasaki were New Year's crackers compared to modern H-bombs.’
    • ‘The acts on this collection grew up under the shadow of the H-bomb, the atomic bomb, the nuclear missile but were also introduced to space travel, to television, to the computer.’
    • ‘Just why should an H-bomb based on the principle of nuclear fusion of hydrogen be any less popular than the nuclear fission bombs based on enriched uranium and plutonium that won the war against Japan?’
    • ‘Note how we are given dates when the US exploded H-bombs, when the UK exploded H-bombs, when the French exploded an A-bomb, even when the Chinese detonated an H-bomb.’
    • ‘They also warned that H-bombs could be built that were a thousand times more destructive than the A-bomb.’
    • ‘In our generation of H-bombs and global scorching, the journey to Peace has seemed hard - but necessary.’
    • ‘To this point I have tried to give a factual history of the development of fission and H-bombs.’
    • ‘Fusion in H-bombs is ignited by a fission chain reaction of uranium or plutonium: an atom bomb is used to set off the hydrogen bomb.’
    • ‘All of the baby's bedtime balm and quiet quatrains are cast aside in favor of more songs about H-bombs and irradiated food.’
    • ‘Its author was the ‘father’ of the Soviet H-bomb, someone who understood that life and civilization could be incinerated in an hour's time and as such commanded instant respect.’
    • ‘Tanks, planes, even H-bombs were acquired; as I write, the State is in the midst of a massive repression of a rebellious people, and the rebellion as well as the repression are taking crueler and crueler forms.’
    • ‘In the 1950s, when the H-bomb was developed, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament organised huge marches in Britain.’
    • ‘Behind me is the research facility established and feared during the Cold War, the facility that led to the development of many of Russia's weapons of mass destruction including the Russian H-bomb.’
    • ‘Beginning in the early 1950s, atomic bombs were used as detonators for the most powerful explosives of all, thermonuclear hydrogen bombs, or H-bombs.’
    • ‘This was the first intimation that the question of building an H-bomb was ever under discussion.’


1950s: from H (denoting hydrogen) + bomb.