Build-down meaning

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A systematic numerical reduction, especially of nuclear weapons, in which more than one weapon or warhead is destroyed for every new one that is built.
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A gradual decrease in nuclear weapons, armed forces, etc., esp. by an agreement in which a smaller number of newer weapons would replace older ones.
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A systematic, gradual reduction in the number of something (especially nuclear weapons), normally by destroying more than are built.
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Origin of build-down

  • On the model of buildup
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition