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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Process for reducing armaments, esp. the number of nuclear weapons held by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., by eliminating several older weapons for each new one that is deployed

Usage examples (16)
  • That was the Russia we anticipated when we began our nuclear build-down.
  • You'll recall that the Dayton Accords themselves have provisions in them for a build-down of arms.
  • We have all kinds of other challenges occasioned by the build-down of the reduction in defense spending.
  • But the fact that the post-cold-war build-down lies at the root of their recession hasn't spared Californians considerable soul-searching. for more
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