[ UK /ˈe‍əbɜːst/ ]
  1. an explosion in the atmosphere
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How To Use airburst In A Sentence

  • ‘An airburst would be a blast somewhere in the region of 500-600 megatons,’ Bland said in an e-mail interview.
  • Thirty miles from the targets, they began seeing the airbursts of radar-controlled antiaircraft artillery.
  • What happens when an airburst nuke takes out all my computers?
  • Objects 50 meters across strike Earth every few centuries, causing airbursts that rival the effects of large thermonuclear bombs.
  • Its airburst destroyed the communications array but not the building. Times, Sunday Times
  • Before 1914 artillery shells had consisted mainly of shrapnel, whose airbursts were effective in mobile warfare.
  • You can't survive an airburst by ducking under a dashboard. Times, Sunday Times
  • The climax, a man who is going to explode is carried off into the air by his brother… did anybody bother to compare the effects of a groundburst with an airburst nuclear explosion? ‘A writer friend of mine visited Ground Zero not long afterwards and said he expected to see the alien monster climb out of the pit’ « Gerry Canavan
  • Once set off, they will shoot into the air, pop once, twice, thrice, and shower the old people and children below with an airburst of hot embers.
  • Increased knowledge of the behavior of airbursts has led to a better understanding of mysterious aerial explosions that occur frequently on Earth.
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