dud adj : failing to detonate; especially not charged with an active explosive; "he stepped on a dud mine"
2 an explosion that fails to occur [syn: misfire]
3 an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual; "the first experiment was a real turkey"; "the meeting was a dud as far as new business was concerned" [syn: turkey, bomb]
EtymologyUltimately from dudde (ragged clothing), of uncertain origin beyond that.
- dŭd, /dʌd/, /dVd/
Noundud (plural:'' duds)
a broken or nonfunctional device that does not perform its intended function
(obsolete) clothes, now always used in plural form (duds)
A Dangerous Unexploded Device (DUD) is an ammunition round or explosive that fails to fire or detonate, respectively, on time or on command. Duds are still dangerous and have to be de-activated and disposed of carefully. Poorly designed devices (for example, IEDs), and small devices, have higher chances of being dud.
The variation absolute dud describes a nuclear weapon that fails to explode. http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/doddict/data/a/00004.html
Although dud rounds have failed to function as designed, they are still dangerous, and can explode if handled. In war-torn areas, many curious children have been injured or killed from tampering with such devices. Dud fireworks should be destroyed by soaking in water. No attempts to re-light them should be made. People should keep away from dud ammunition and should call proper authorities who can safely handle and remove it.
By extension, "dud" has become a slang word for anything that doesn't work or is defective. There is also a candy called Milk Duds, named for the fact that it was impossible to get them perfectly round.
"Duds" has also become popular slang for clothing, as in "Hey Faris, nice duds!"
dud in Hebrew: נפל תחמושת
dud in Japanese: 不発弾
dud in Polish: niewypał
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