Radioactive-fallout



noun
1.
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[fawl-out] /ˈfɔlˌaʊt/
noun
1.
the settling to the ground of airborne particles ejected into the atmosphere from the earth by explosions, eruptions, forest fires, etc., especially such settling from nuclear explosions (radioactive fallout)
Compare .
2.
the particles themselves.
Compare .
3.
an unexpected or incidental effect, outcome, or product:
the psychological fallout of being obese.
4.
effects; results:
emotional fallout from a divorce.
/ˈfɔːlˌaʊt/
noun
1.
the descent of solid material in the atmosphere onto the earth, esp of radioactive material following a nuclear explosion
2.
any solid particles that so descend
3.
(informal) side-effects; secondary consequences
verb (intransitive, adverb)
4.
(informal) to quarrel or disagree
5.
(intransitive) to happen or occur
6.
(military) to leave a parade or disciplinary formation
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7.
(military) the order to leave a parade or disciplinary formation
n.

“radioactive particles,” 1950, from fall (v.) + out (adv.).

noun

[1950s+; fr the radioactive dust and other debris of a nuclear explosion]

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