Definition of nuclear winter in English:

nuclear winter


  • 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.

    • ‘It may not have been exactly amicable, but nor was it exactly the nuclear winter that now exists between the party leadership and FitzGerald.’
    • ‘If Einstein's words are true, then sometime in the near or distant future we may very well perish from the hellfire of an atomic holocaust, and our descendants will haunt a barren world entombed in a nuclear winter of discontent.’
    • ‘By the time you read this, it could be a nuclear winter or a globally warmed perpetual summer.’
    • ‘Policymakers planned ‘day after’ scenarios based on thoughts of nuclear winter, not nation-building or pacifying disgruntled villagers.’
    • ‘When I first began to worry about climate change, global cooling and nuclear winter seemed the main risks.’
    • ‘Worries about a silent spring or a nuclear winter gave way to wonderment at the Internet and Dolly, the cloned sheep.’
    • ‘Ecological and evolutionary aspects that have been studied range from geographical distribution of plants to consequences of a nuclear winter.’
    • ‘The story arc follows the descent of a rich Iranian tourist to a post-apocalyptic America coming out of a nuclear winter.’
    • ‘As a result, the company has flourished during what Chesonis refers to as the nuclear winter of telecommunications.’
    • ‘Am I subconsciously getting ready for a nuclear winter?’
    • ‘In the 1980s, scientists assessed the possible effects of nuclear warfare (many nuclear bombs exploding in different parts of the world) and proposed the theory that a nuclear winter could occur.’
    • ‘A three-year halt on engine development is, in the eyes of most in this sport, more akin to a nuclear winter than a temporary freeze.’
    • ‘Baseball's equivalent of nuclear winter was first described to me two years ago by a man in step with the hawks among baseball owners.’
    • ‘If a meteor impact causes a nuclear winter, then the ability to lie dormant would have improved your chances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such developments confirm that the world has moved on; we are no longer fearful of the nuclear winter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to the legends, this decade was the artistic and cultural equivalent of nuclear winter: dark, cold and lifeless.’
    • ‘Then, as if some invisible nuclear winter descended on southern Louisiana, the nuns died out and disappeared from the face of the Earth.’
    • ‘Deep down beneath the granite mountains of Colorado, where you might expect to find a secret US Defense Department stockpile of missiles awaiting the end of the thaw from some awful nuclear winter, lies another kind of reserve.’


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