Definition of nuclear winter in English:

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nuclear winter

noun

A period of abnormal cold and darkness predicted to follow a nuclear war, caused by a layer of smoke and dust in the atmosphere blocking the sun’s rays.
Example sentences
  • As the soot from burning cities and vegetation would result in a nuclear winter following atomic Armageddon, so the billions of tonnes of sulphuric acid in the stratosphere following Toba would mean perpetual darkness and cold for years.
  • On the other end of the eschatological scale we find visions of societal breakdown, chaos, nuclear winter and heat death - a spectacle of humanity driven by its own frailties and technological hubris to its ultimate destruction.
  • It may not have been exactly amicable, but nor was it exactly the nuclear winter that now exists between the party leadership and FitzGerald.

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Syllabification: nu·cle·ar win·ter

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