Meaning of FALLOUT in English


I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

( -s )

Etymology: fall out

1. : the descent through the atmosphere of often radioactive particles stirred up by or resulting from a nuclear explosion

2. : the particles that descend through the atmosphere following a nuclear explosion

II. noun

1. : an incidental result or set of consequences

psychological fallout from this very severe operation — Jim Lehrer

2. : particulate matter dispersed through the air and landing in a wide distribution

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