One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Radioactive particles that are carried into the atmosphere after a nuclear explosion or accident and gradually fall back as dust or in precipitation.
adverse reaction, adverse response, counteraction, counterblast, comeback, recoilView synonyms
- ‘Winds routinely carried radioactive fallout to communities in Utah, Nevada and northern Arizona.’
- ‘Belarus was one of the territories affected by the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in 1986.’
- ‘The antidote is intended to protect residents from radioactive fallout from any missile attack on the nuclear station.’
- ‘These produce a relatively small explosion and less radioactive fallout than other designs.’
- ‘A serious accident at Sellafield could shower Ireland with radioactive fallout.’
- 1.1usually with modifier Airborne substances resulting from an industrial process or accident.‘acid fallout from power stations’
- ‘Only in the past 5 years have scientists seriously considered that such gaseous oxidants might affect mercury fallout.’
- ‘They mainly aim at containing the fallout of carbon dioxide but fail to deal with the volume of carbon-intensive inputs in the first place.’
- ‘Specific images could be drafted for specific problems: like environmental decay related to fertilizer abuse, or the Carbon dioxide fallout of ongoing activities.’
- ‘The dust was found on analysis to contain ‘significant quantities’ of power station fallout.’
- ‘The agency is being pressed to approve a 25 per cent increase in the limit of the acid rain-producing fallout from Drax power station near Selby.’
2The adverse side effects or results of a situation.‘almost as dramatic as the financial scale of the mess is the growing political fallout’
repercussions, after-effects, by-product, backwash, trail, wake, corollaryView synonyms
- ‘Alternately naïve and sinister, the children reflect the emotional fallout resulting from decades of unrest in the region.’
- ‘As well as the toll taken by the increasing use of hard drugs, there was the psychological and spiritual fallout that resulted from abuses of dignity and personal boundaries.’
- ‘Of course, the fallout is that any of us who are different suffer or [are] potentially slated to suffer.’
- ‘The prosecutors must also consider the possible negative economic fallout that likely will result at a time when the economy is already struggling.’
- ‘Any unfavourable decision vis-a vis an inter-State dispute is bound to result in a political fallout.’
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