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 for nuke
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  nuke
      n 1: the warhead of a missile designed to deliver an atom bomb
           [syn: atomic warhead, nuclear warhead, thermonuclear
           warhead, nuke]
      v 1: strike at with firepower or bombs; "zap the enemy" [syn:
           nuke, atomize, atomise, zap]
      2: bomb with atomic weapons [syn: atom-bomb, nuke]
      3: cook or heat in a microwave oven; "You can microwave the
         leftovers" [syn: microwave, micro-cook, zap, nuke]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  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 session 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.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  nuke
  
     /n[y]ook/ 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 file system."  Never used for
     accidental deletion.
  
     2. Synonym 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.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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