weapon of mass destruction

A chemical, biological, radiological nuclear or other weapon that is designed to cause death or serious injury to large numbers of civilians.

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  • weapon of mass destruction — n. A weapon that can kill or injure a very large number of people simultaneously and destroy an enormous range of territory, usually without the aggressor having to come near its area of effectiveness. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx… …   Law dictionary

  • Weapon of mass destruction — For the Hip hop album, see Weapons of Mass Destruction (album). Weapons of mass destruction …   Wikipedia

  • weapon of mass destruction — noun a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons) • Syn: ↑WMD, ↑W.M.D. • Topics: ↑military, ↑armed forces, ↑armed services, ↑military machine, ↑war machine …   Useful english dictionary

  • weapon of mass destruction — ▪ weaponry       weapon with the capacity to inflict death and destruction on such a massive scale and so indiscriminately that its very presence in the hands of a hostile power can be considered a grievous threat. Modern weapons of mass… …   Universalium

  • weapon of mass destruction — (WMD)    The term used to describe a massive weapon with the capacity to kill indis criminately large numbers of people. The phrase broadly includes nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. It entered widespread popular usage in relation to the… …   Glossary of UK Government and Politics

  • weapon of mass destruction — noun a nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon able to cause widespread devastation and loss of life …   English new terms dictionary

  • weapon of mass destruction — noun a biological, chemical or nuclear weapon capable of killing a great number of people. Abbrev.: WMD …   Australian English dictionary

  • weapon of mass destruction — WMD, weapons that are designed to cause great amounts casualties and widespread devastation (esp. ones based on nuclear, biological, or chemical methods) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Mass destruction — may refer to: Weapon of mass destruction, a munition with the capacity to indiscriminately kill large numbers of living beings Weapons of Mass Destruction (album), a 2004 album by rapper Xzibit Mass Destruction (song), a 2004 single by Faithless… …   Wikipedia

  • weapon of mass distraction — n. Something that distracts large numbers of people from thinking about important issues. Example Citation: For a few hours at least today, the heat will be off George W Bush as America switches focus from Baghdad to San Diego. Maybe the Super… …   New words

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