Definition of weapons-grade in English:



  • Denoting fissile material which is suitable for making nuclear weapons.

    ‘weapons-grade plutonium’
    • ‘Graphite-moderated nuclear facilities are able to produce weapons-grade material more easily than the safer light-water reactors.’
    • ‘The Conference on Disarmament is seeking to start formal negotiations on banning production of fissile materials such as weapons-grade plutonium and uranium.’
    • ‘The country will start building a nuclear reactor in June that can produce weapons-grade plutonium, diplomats said Wednesday.’
    • ‘Will we be able to control whatever fuel is going into that plant, so that it does not become a source of nuclear weapons-grade material?’
    • ‘Those rods can be reprocessed into weapons-grade plutonium, enough for potentially three nuclear bombs.’
    • ‘Previously, it was believed by the International Atomic Energy Agency to hold uranium only for research purposes and no weapons-grade radioactive materials.’
    • ‘The re-activation of the nuclear reprocessing plant is a clear sign that the country is now on course to produce weapons-grade plutonium within a month, and five or six nuclear bombs in a year.’
    • ‘Work will focus on the techniques used to safely store weapons-grade material and spent radioactive fuel from nuclear reactors.’
    • ‘If they acquire sufficient weapons-grade fissile material from abroad, they could make a nuclear weapon within a year.’
    • ‘The highly toxic material can be enriched into weapons-grade material if it is fed into nuclear centrifuges.’
    • ‘Operating from 1950 until the fire in 1957, they converted uranium to weapons-grade plutonium for nuclear bombs.’
    • ‘Which is a bit like me admitting that I could make a nuclear weapon within a year if I acquired weapons-grade fissile material - that is rather the point.’
    • ‘Indeed, the availability of missiles has become more widespread, as has the supply of weapons-grade nuclear materials.’
    • ‘Included in those facilities, say analysts, is a process line for turning uranium ore into yellowcake, the first step in the process towards enriching it into weapons-grade material.’
    • ‘Some of the radioactivity detectors have been in use in Russia for the past few years to help prevent the theft of weapons-grade nuclear material.’
    • ‘First we were hearing that it was high-quality, weapons-grade material.’
    • ‘Denying terrorists access to nuclear weapons and weapons-grade material is thus a challenge to nations' willpower and determination, not to their technical capabilities.’
    • ‘Proliferation of weapons-grade material can readily be prevented if the necessary international will exists.’
    • ‘Depleted uranium is a by-product of the process in which uranium is enriched to become reactor fuel or weapons-grade material.’
    • ‘And they have reactivated a mothballed nuclear reactor that can produce weapons-grade plutonium.’