from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To leave a scene at once; go abruptly.
- intransitive v. To shut down automatically. Used of a nuclear reactor.
- n. A rapid shutting down of a nuclear reactor, especially in an emergency.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To abruptly insert the control rods of a nuclear reactor, usually in case of emergency shutdown.
- n. A rapid shutdown of a nuclear reactor
- n. Alternative spelling of SCRAM.
- v. Get out of here; go away (frequently imperative).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the rapid shut down of a nuclear reactor, as in an emergency.
- intransitive v. to leave; to go away; used mostly as an impolite command to a person to go away from a specific location.
- transitive v. to shut down (a nuclear reactor) quickly, as in an emergency.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form
O'BRIEN: NASA set a speed record on Saturday with the launch of the unmanned test aircraft called a scram jet.
Electrical problems yesterday grounded the so-called scram jet.
I didn't hear what she said, so didn't respond, but the person-of-few-words who worked the booth with me said, simply, "scram" and she hustled away.
She pulled a switchblade on me, said if I didn't scram she was going to cut me seven ways to Sunday.
What the people in these countries want is substantial change -- namely freedom and the heads of the regimes to pack their bags and scram.
I know 2 grad students who lost their TAs and 4 postdocs who were given Dec deadlines to scram.
“No, you mook—you grab as many electric toothbrushes as you can, then we scram—got it?”
Transformer damage caused the reactor to "scram" or automatically trip out of service Saturday night.
"This kind of scram is stressful on the reactor," said Robert Albrecht , a University of Washington professor emeritus of electrical engineering, who has a background in nuclear engineering.
You put together a nifty consortium of BigWigs – NRC, Electric Power Research Institute, Department of Energy – to simply re-write the laws of physics and claim that some of the control rods are only there to "shape" the reaction, and don't have to fall to shut off the fission during a scram.