nuke (nk, nyk) Slang
1. A nuclear device or weapon.
2. A nuclear-powered electric generating plant.
tr.v. nuked, nuk·ing, nukes
1. To attack with nuclear weapons.
2. To heat in a microwave oven: "I obtained this soup by nuking one cup of water and mixing that with ... bouillon" (Judy Markey).
[Shortening and alteration of NUCLEAR.]
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