from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Severe overheating of a nuclear reactor core, resulting in melting of the core and escape of radiation.
- n. Informal A disastrous or rapidly developing situation likened to the melting of a nuclear reactor core: "After several corporate meltdowns, only two reporters remain in [the] bureau” ( David Fitzpatrick).
- n. Informal An emotional breakdown
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- n. Severe overheating of the core of a nuclear reactor resulting in the core melting and radiation escaping.
- n. A situation being likened to a nuclear meltdown; a crisis.
- n. A tantrum.
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- n. severe overheating of the core of a nuclear reactor resulting in the core melting and radiation escaping
- n. a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown
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- If the rods get too hot, they can eventually melt, thus the term "meltdown."
The term "meltdown" does not necessarily mean that the entire nuclear core has turned into a molten glob of metal and ceramic.
Now my brain meltdown is spreading to my virtual super-self.
Those of us who live here, and have no easy way of getting out, don't really care about the technical definition of the word "meltdown" - we just hope no more radiation escapes from the damaged reactors, and that the ground under our feet holds still for a while again.
Part of the confusion in the coverage of these events has been generated by the use of the term "meltdown."
No matter what anyone thinks or says the meltdown is here.
Cameron and Sarah kill the terminator, and the meltdown is averted.
I don't expect I'll have to return to work, but the timing of this meltdown is annoying.
KURTZ: And "OK!" magazine then chose to write a piece about what it called her meltdown and all the damage that she had caused.
The judge has said that he -- that there is a real fear of what he calls a meltdown of some sort from one of the family members because of the immense amount of emotion that comes along with this.