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radioactive fallout

noun
1.
See under fallout.

fallout

[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 rainout.
2.
the particles themselves.
Compare rainout.
3.
an unexpected or incidental effect, outcome, or product:
the psychological fallout of being obese.
4.
effects; results:
emotional fallout from a divorce.
Also, fall-out.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; noun use of verb phrase fall out
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British Dictionary definitions for radioactive-fallout

fallout

/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
sentence substitute
7.
(military) the order to leave a parade or disciplinary formation
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Word Origin and History for radioactive-fallout

fallout

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for radioactive-fallout

fallout

noun
  1. An accompanying or resultant effect of something; an aftermath: Talking to oneself is a fallout of watching too many primaries on TV
  2. Incidental products, esp when copious and of little value: reports, memoranda, and other printed fallout from the executive suite

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


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