United States Navy slang for:


nugry = N = number-crunching

nuke /n[y]ook/ vt.

[common] 1. To intentionally delete the entire contents of a given directory or storage volume. "On Unix, rm -r /usr will nuke everything in the usr filesystem." Never used for accidental deletion; contrast blow away. 2. Syn. for dike, applied to smaller things such as files, features, or code sections. Often used to express a final verdict. "What do you want me to do with that 80-meg wallpaper file?" "Nuke it." 3. Used of processes as well as files; nuke is a frequent verbal alias for kill -9 on Unix. 4. On IBM PCs, a bug that results in fandango on core can trash the operating system, including the FAT (the in-core copy of the disk block chaining information). This can utterly scramble attached disks, which are then said to have been `nuked'. This term is also used of analogous lossages on Macintoshes and other micros without memory protection.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

A slang verb meaning "to cook in a microwave oven", probably arising from the popular conception that microwaves involve dangerous radioactivity. Fortunately, unlike atomic weapons, nuking with a microwave generally results in warm food instead of the grisly, levelled remains of human civilization. (Although applying the latter name to the concept of "microwave pizza" is, on a metaphorical level, probably more accurate than not.)

Sample usage:

"My soup is cold!"
"Nuke it for 30 seconds."

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