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first-strike

first-strike
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [furst strahyk]
    • /fɜrst straɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [furst strahyk]
    • /fɜrst straɪk/

Definitions of first-strike word

  • noun first-strike the initial use of nuclear weapons in a conflict, in which the attacker tries to destroy the adversary's strategic nuclear forces. 1
  • adjective first-strike (of a nuclear missile) intended for use in an opening attack calculated to destroy the enemy's nuclear weapons 0
  • noun first-strike a surprise attack with nuclear weapons, made with the intention of destroying an enemy nation's means of effective retaliation 0

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Origin of first-strike

First appearance:

before 1960
One of the 3% newest English words
First recorded in 1960-65

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Parts of speech for First-strike

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

first-strike popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 68% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for first-strike

noun first-strike

  • preventive war — an attack against a possible enemy to prevent an attack by that enemy at a later time.

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