Definition of fallout
1a : the often radioactive particles stirred up by or resulting from a nuclear explosion and descending through the atmosphere; also : other polluting particles (such as volcanic ash) descending likewiseb : descent (as of fallout) through the atmosphere
2 : a secondary and often lingering effect, result, or set of consequences have to take a position and accept the political fallout — Andy Logan
Examples of fallout in a Sentence
concerned about the possible political fallout from the scandal
Recent Examples of fallout from the Web
How Ron Rivera is dealing with the fallout of the Panthers’ change at GM.
Trump has recently had to contend with fallout from revelations that his son met with Russians who offered damaging information about his opponent Hillary Clinton.
Now, the fallout continues, as Griffin has reportedly been interviewed by the Secret Service for over an hour.
Bumble and Bumble’s formula is meant for preventing hair fallout and restoring damage.
And the fallout from the potential merger isn’t over.
Critics have argued that while safety improvements were needed, they were poorly implemented, with major fallout.
But fallout continues because of a sharp disagreement among school officials about the response to the unsigned letter.
The Wall Street meltdown of 2008 and its global fallout provided a massive natural experiment for scholars of mass politics in tough times.
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First Known Use of fallout
FALLOUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fallout for English Language Learners
: the radioactive particles that are produced by a nuclear explosion and that fall through the atmosphere
: a bad effect or result of something
FALLOUT Defined for Kids
Definition of fallout for Students
1 : the usually radioactive particles falling through the atmosphere as a result of a nuclear explosion
2 : the bad result of something He suffered the fallout from his poor decision.
Medical Definition of fallout
1: the often radioactive particles stirred up by or resulting from a nuclear explosion and descending through the atmosphere; also : other polluting particles (as volcanic ash) descending likewise
2: descent (as of fallout) through the atmosphere
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