Definition of fallout in English:

fallout

Line breaks: fall|out
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːlaʊt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Radioactive particles that are carried into the atmosphere after a nuclear explosion and gradually fall back as dust or in precipitation: [as modifier]: a fallout shelter
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    • Belarus was one of the territories affected by the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in 1986.
    • These produce a relatively small explosion and less radioactive fallout than other designs.
    • Winds routinely carried radioactive fallout to communities in Utah, Nevada and northern Arizona.
  • 1.1 [usually with modifier] Airborne substances resulting from an industrial process or accident: acid fallout from power stations
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    • Only in the past 5 years have scientists seriously considered that such gaseous oxidants might affect mercury fallout.
    • They mainly aim at containing the fallout of carbon dioxide but fail to deal with the volume of carbon-intensive inputs in the first place.
    • The dust was found on analysis to contain ‘significant quantities’ of power station fallout.
  • 2The adverse results of a situation or action: he’s prepared to take calculated risks regardless of political fallout
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    • Any unfavourable decision vis-a vis an inter-State dispute is bound to result in a political fallout.
    • As well as the toll taken by the increasing use of hard drugs, there was the psychological and spiritual fallout that resulted from abuses of dignity and personal boundaries.
    • The prosecutors must also consider the possible negative economic fallout that likely will result at a time when the economy is already struggling.

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