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
The Leftovers has discovered the creative potential of exploring the fallout of a climax rather than the buildup to one.
Puerto Ricans on the island are living through the fallout from a massive debt crisis, which includes cuts to health services, education, and public pensions.
Unsuspecting children are surrounded by the drug’s fallout, invisible particles of peril that seep into carpets and bedspreads, and stick to walls, kitchen tables and TV remote controls.
The fallout from comedian Kathy Griffin’s gruesome Twitter photo continues.
Michael O'Leary, chief executive officer at Ryanair Holdings, discusses 2017 fiscal year results, the airline's 2018 outlook, and fallout from this weekend's computer issues for British Airways.
The fallout grew so loud – defenders of the women cyber-yelling at critics for being too politically correct – that over the last few days the women have closed the shop.
In the late-session political posturing, Rauner has focused on property taxes, symbolizing a multipart strategy aimed at weathering political fallout in his 2018 re-election bid.
The fallout and legal accounting from that war continues today.
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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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