mushroom cloud


Definition of mushroom cloud

: a mushroom-shaped cloud specifically : one caused by the explosion of a nuclear weapon

Examples of mushroom cloud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mushroom cloud became a universal symbol of horror. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, "The New Nuclear Threat," 22 July 2020 During the 1950s, tourists would sometimes make their way to downtown Las Vegas to watch the bloom of an atomic mushroom cloud 75 miles away. Ryan Kost,, "Feminist force: Rebecca Solnit revisits her formative past in new memoir," 6 Mar. 2020 Above his head, in a thought balloon, is a vision of her chair, with a mushroom cloud over it. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1368: ‘Cryptic, enigmatic and stupid as possible’," 23 Jan. 2020 The explosion generated a mushroom cloud over the blast site and sent shrapnel flying as far as 9.3 miles away. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Huge Russian Ammo Explosion Sends Shockwaves for Miles," 5 Aug. 2019 The countdown ended with a huge explosion, sending a mushroom cloud of dust into the air. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lebanese clear civil war-era mines from famed cedar forests," 27 Sep. 2019 Calendars throughout the city also advertised detonation times, as well as the best viewing spots to see flashes or lights or mushroom clouds. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "How to Sneak Up on Area 51," 20 Sep. 2019 Each will witness its own deadly mushroom cloud, and destruction by both blast and radiation. Seth Shostak, Quartz, "Humanity will outlive climate change and nuclear war, no matter how bad it gets," 26 Sep. 2019 But in Richland the mushroom cloud is a point of pride for many students and alumni. Annette Cary | Tri-city Herald,, "Japanese exchange student speaks about Wash. high school’s mushroom cloud logo," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of mushroom cloud

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mushroom cloud was circa 1909

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6 Aug 2020

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“Mushroom cloud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mushroom cloud

: a large cloud that forms after an explosion especially : a cloud that is caused by the explosion of a nuclear weapon

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