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Definition the center (or most important part) of something
such as:
  • in physics:  the center of an atom where protons & neutrons are found
  • in biology:  the center of a cell where DNA is found
  • in sociology:  the closest family (mother/father/children in contrast to the extended family)
  • They have the nucleus of a good team.
nucleus = the center (in this case, key central members)
  • The back is cushioned by a gel-like substance in the nucleus of its disks.
  • nucleus = center
  • Most of the mass of an atom is in its nucleus.
  • The DNA resides in the nucleus.
  • She is studying the impact of nuclear and extended family on self-image.
  • He tried to poke it out with his fingers, but his shivering frame made him poke too far, and he disrupted the nucleus of the little fire, the burning grasses and tiny twigs separating and scattering.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • nucleus = the center (or most important part) of something
  • The only reason he's being so nice to the two of you is because he believes in the sanctity of the nuclear family.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • nuclear = relating to the closest most central part (in this case, the part of family that consists of parents and their children)
  • The Americans had already suspended most aid the year before when we conducted nuclear tests, but now almost everyone boycotted us.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • nuclear = using atomic power to create a large explosion (relating to energy from the center of an atom)
  • Dad explained how they had sonar detectors kind of like the ones in nuclear submarines.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • nuclear = relating to the center of an atom (where power is created by splitting the atom)
  • For example, I was terrified of car accidents, death, cancer, brain tumors, nuclear war, pregnant women, loud noises, strict teachers, elevators, and scads of other things.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • nuclear = using atomic power to create a large explosion (relating to energy from the center of an atom)
  • Might it not, in the tedious lapse of official life that lay before me, finally be with me as it was with this venerable friend—to make the dinner-hour the nucleus of the day, and to spend the rest of it, as an old dog spends it, asleep in the sunshine or in the shade?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • nucleus = the most important part
  • The quake and wave had damaged a nuclear power station in a place called Fukushima, about forty miles up the coast from Shogahama.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Japanese Tsunami, 2011
  • nuclear = relating to the center of an atom (where power is created by splitting the atom)
  • We'll be able to create living creatures with chemicals and electricity and nuclear power.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • nuclear = coming from the center of an atom where protons & neutrons reside
  • I make it through the first two weeks of school without a nuclear meltdown.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • nuclear = relating to the central or most important part of something
  • An ice-cream boy on a red tricycle painted with red and white nuclear missiles rode up behind waving at us, until a teacher shooed him away.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • nuclear = using atomic power to create a large explosion (relating to energy from the center of an atom)
  • The most gifted among them, who might possibly become nuclei of discontent, are simply marked down by the Thought Police and eliminated.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • nuclei = centers
  • Other people said Davis was really spying on our nuclear weapons.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • nuclear = using atomic power to create a large explosion (relating to energy from the center of an atom)
  • ... our country has more than 200 nuclear warheads and they were worried about who was going to control them.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • nuclear = using atomic power to create a large explosion (relating to energy from the center of an atom)
  • The government was always testing nuclear bombs in the desert near the ranch, Mom said.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • nuclear = relating to the center of an atom (where power is created by splitting the atom)
  • So we mixed up a batch of what Brian called nuclear fuel, pouring different liquids into a can.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
nuclear = relating to the center of an atom (where power is created by splitting the atom)

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