Definition of fallout in English:


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  • 1Radioactive particles that are carried into the atmosphere after a nuclear explosion or accident and gradually fall back as dust or in precipitation.

    as modifier ‘a fallout shelter’
    • ‘Belarus was one of the territories affected by the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in 1986.’
    • ‘These produce a relatively small explosion and less radioactive fallout than other designs.’
    • ‘Winds routinely carried radioactive fallout to communities in Utah, Nevada and northern Arizona.’
    • ‘The antidote is intended to protect residents from radioactive fallout from any missile attack on the nuclear station.’
    • ‘A serious accident at Sellafield could shower Ireland with radioactive fallout.’
    adverse reaction, adverse response, counteraction, counterblast, comeback, recoil
    1. 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Specific images could be drafted for specific problems: like environmental decay related to fertilizer abuse, or the Carbon dioxide fallout of ongoing activities.’
  • 2The adverse side effects or results of a situation.

    ‘almost as dramatic as the financial scale of the mess is the growing political fallout’
    • ‘Any unfavourable decision vis-a vis an inter-State dispute is bound to result in a political fallout.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The prosecutors must also consider the possible negative economic fallout that likely will result at a time when the economy is already struggling.’
    • ‘Alternately naïve and sinister, the children reflect the emotional fallout resulting from decades of unrest in the region.’
    • ‘Of course, the fallout is that any of us who are different suffer or [are] potentially slated to suffer.’
    repercussions, after-effects, by-product, fallout, backwash, trail, wake, corollary



/ˈfôlˌout/ /ˈfɔlˌaʊt/