Definition of nuclear age in US English:

nuclear age


  • The period in history usually considered to have begun with the first use of the atomic bomb (1945). It is characterized by nuclear energy as a military, industrial, and sociopolitical factor.

    Also called atomic age
    • ‘These three factors are the reasons behind the United States dropping the atomic bomb on Japan, as they unknowingly and unintentionally began the nuclear age and the Cold War.’
    • ‘Simply stated, the abolition of nuclear weapons, and redressing the toxic legacy of the nuclear age, are moral, medical and environmental imperatives.’
    • ‘Depleted uranium constitutes one of largest radioactive and toxic-waste byproducts of the nuclear age.’
    • ‘But one significant reason, largely hidden from view for many decades and now emerging with greater clarity, is the environmental, medical, and toxic legacy of the nuclear age.’
    • ‘In reality, arms control has a long history and even in the nuclear age, non-nuclear arms control has been a major and recurring feature of international negotiations and diplomacy.’
    • ‘This psychological underpinning in the films was partly provoked by the nuclear age - the world's population in the 70s were potential extras in a global disaster scenario - but also by the movies' home town.’
    • ‘We cannot wait for iron-clad proof in a nuclear age.’
    • ‘Albert Einstein famously said that everything had changed in the nuclear age except the way we think.’
    • ‘Even in the first days of the nuclear age, Szilard, who, after helping create the bomb spent the rest of his life agitating to get rid of it, understood right away that the makers of the bomb could one day be its victims.’
    • ‘Thomas Schelling, the great theorist of deterrence, remarked that it is not true that the nuclear age was the first time that humanity had the capability of destroying itself.’
    • ‘A second nuclear age has dawned, and it is running out of control.’
    • ‘Nuclear proliferation has been a feature of the nuclear age since its beginning.’
    • ‘Although his position as high commissioner was his most significant public office, McCloy played a continuing role in formation of U.S. policy on national security in the nuclear age.’
    • ‘From the beginning of the nuclear age - indeed, even before the beginning, when the atomic bomb was only a gleam in Roosevelt's eye - deterrence and proliferation have in fact been inextricable.’
    • ‘He is currently writing a book about the hidden history of the nuclear age.’
    • ‘For a hundred years of war, culminating in the nuclear age, military technology was designed and deployed to inflict casualties on an ever-growing scale.’
    • ‘The prevention of war, in the nuclear age, must be a central purpose of every person's life.’
    • ‘At ninety-three, Edward Teller remains unrepentant for his role in ushering in the nuclear age.’
    • ‘The museum sketches the history of the nuclear age, which started with the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert in 1945.’
    • ‘Appropriated from the lexicon of conventional warfare, this simple prescription for adequate military preparedness became in the nuclear age a formula for unmitigated catastrophe.’