Meaning of FALLOUT in English



Pronunciation: ' fo ̇ l- ˌ au ̇ t

Function: noun

Date: 1949

1 a : the often radioactive particles stirred up by or resulting from a nuclear explosion and descending through the atmosphere also : other polluting particles (as volcanic ash) descending likewise b : descent (as of fallout) through the atmosphere

2 : a secondary and often lingering effect, result, or set of consequences <have to take a position and accept the political fallout ― Andy Logan>

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