fallout

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noun

fall·​out ˈfȯl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce fallout (audio)
1
a
: 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 likewise
b
: 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 falloutAndy Logan

fall out

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verb

fell out; fallen out; falling out; falls out

intransitive verb

1
: quarrel
also : to cut off relations over a quarrel
former friends who have fallen out
2
: turn out, happen
expected to be in the States …  , but things fell out otherwiseMark Twain
3
a
: to leave one's place in the ranks
b
: to leave a building in order to take one's place in a military formation

Examples of fallout in a Sentence

Noun concerned about the possible political fallout from the scandal Verb club members were soon falling out about how to spend the money they'd made washing cars I had planned to have a sports career, but things fell out otherwise.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Their contributions as section leaders in all corners of the golf course helped keep the zero-waste element of the event running smoothly, despite some of the fan fallout around the property. Erik Matuszewski, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The burn of the fallout is still felt by sriracha fans worldwide. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024 That extends to analysis of the fallout of the report and the resulting news conference. Nate Cohn, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 The fallout from Warner Music Group’s company-wide cull has already reached Australia, where the head of the domestic Warner Chappell company, Matthew Capper, is understood to be among the departures. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2024 The fallout from acting in haste will set you back. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 The original Godzilla tapped into Japan’s anxieties about nuclear fallout after Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Godzilla Minus One takes place from 1945 to 1947, in the immediate aftermath of Japan’s surrender. David Sims, The Atlantic, 6 Feb. 2024 Demi Moore, Naomi Watts and Tom Hollander step back in time to bring Truman Capote's explosive social fallout to screens in the sophomore season of 'Feud' Feud is back to tell another true story of dramatic social fallout. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2024 However, those surveyed expressed less concern about the potential fallout for writers and actors than for other crafts. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024
Verb
Cons Some of the feathers on top of the plushy fell out during our testing process. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Bricks have fallen out and cracked at Jefferson Middle School in the Caldwell School District. Becca Savransky, Idaho Statesman, 13 Feb. 2024 Dazzle himself wears a cascading green A-line tinsel dress, which appears to fall out of a red plastic cup worn on his head—a reference to an important vomiting experience (beware of alcoholic slushies) in one of Mac’s songs. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2024 During the Syrian civil war, which pitted largely Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian regime, Hamas’s political leadership, which was based in Damascus at the time, had a significant falling out with Syria and Iran. Toby Matthiesen, Foreign Affairs, 9 Feb. 2024 But after multiple 737 Max 8 planes fell out of the sky in 2019, flyers — and regulators — called for scrutiny. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2024 Caucuses were falling out of favor, given their non-democratic nature and tendency to reward loud-but-doomed candidacies. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 Twice he was ousted after falling out with the military. Zia Ur-Rehman Saiyna Bashir, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Since falling out of the starting lineup, Jovic has also dropped out of the Heat’s rotation. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fallout was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fallout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallout. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

fallout

1 of 2 noun
fall·​out ˈfȯ-ˌlau̇t How to pronounce fallout (audio)
: the often radioactive particles that are stirred up by or result from a nuclear explosion and descend through the atmosphere

fall out

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)fȯ-ˈlau̇t
1
: to have a quarrel
2

Medical Definition

fallout

noun
fall·​out ˈfȯ-ˌlau̇t How to pronounce fallout (audio)
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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