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MELTDOWN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does meltdown mean? 

MELTDOWN (noun)
  The noun MELTDOWN has 2 senses:

1. severe overheating of the core of a nuclear reactor resulting in the core melting and radiation escaping
2. a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown

  Familiarity information: MELTDOWN used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MELTDOWN (noun)


Sense 1meltdown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Severe overheating of the core of a nuclear reactor resulting in the core melting and radiation escaping

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

meltdown; nuclear meltdown

Hypernyms ("meltdown" is a kind of...):

overheating (excessive heating)


Sense 2meltdown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

there is little likelihood of a meltdown comparable to the American banking collapse in March 1933

Hypernyms ("meltdown" is a kind of...):

calamity; cataclysm; catastrophe; disaster; tragedy (an event resulting in great loss and misfortune)


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