fallout

noun
fall·​out | \ ˈfȯl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce fallout (audio) \

Definition of fallout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 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 fallout— Andy Logan

fall out

verb
fell out; fallen out; falling out; falls out

Definition of fall out (Entry 2 of 2)

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 otherwise— Mark Twain
3a : to leave one's place in the ranks
b : to leave a building in order to take one's place in a military formation

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The central bank will meet again next week and investors are looking for another quarter-point rate cut as the central bank continues to battle various headwinds from a slowing global economy to the fallout from President Trump’s trade war. BostonGlobe.com, "GE to buy back as much as $5b in bonds," 13 Sep. 2019 In immediate fallout from the report, MSU Provost June Youatt resigned from the university, MSU confirmed after the Free Press reported the resignation. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "MSU to pay record $4.5M fine in Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal," 5 Sep. 2019 Emanuel fired him in late 2015 in the fallout over the fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer captured on a now-infamous video recording. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-top cop Garry McCarthy defends background checks on Chicago Police Board speakers: ‘I’d like to know it. Wouldn’t you?'," 20 Aug. 2019 In the fallout since, the school system removed the school’s athletic director, Joseph Doody, and its JV coach, Vincent Colbert. Dan Morse, baltimoresun.com, "Outside investigation of Damascus High sexual assault case takes longer than expected," 8 Aug. 2019 The Tiffany announcement comes two months after the retailer said U.S. sales to Chinese tourists fell by more than 25% last quarter as visitors dropped in a fallout of the escalating trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies. Fortune, "Tiffany & Co. to Open in India With Local Billionaire," 8 Aug. 2019 In the fallout since, the school system removed the school’s athletic director, Joseph Doody, and its JV coach, Vincent Colbert. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Outside investigation of Damascus High sexual assault case takes longer than expected," 6 Aug. 2019 The fallout over Epstein’s funding is only the latest in a long list of similar disputes. Washington Post, "MIT scandal highlights thorny ethics of university donations," 9 Sep. 2019 Vaping has become a nationwide issue in recent years and the fallout is continuing. Fox News, "Pennsylvania man in medically-induced coma: Doctors 'know it's vaping'," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of fallout

Noun

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Oct 2019

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

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fallout

noun
How to pronounce fall out (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fallout

: the radioactive particles that are produced by a nuclear explosion and that fall through the atmosphere
: a bad effect or result of something

fallout

noun
fall·​out | \ ˈfȯl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce fallout (audio) \

Kids Definition of fallout

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.

fallout

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

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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