mushroom cloud

noun

Definition of mushroom cloud

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

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The explosion created a mushroom cloud 40 miles high and 63 miles wide, and destroyed houses 34 miles away. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Would Happen If We Nuked the Bottom of the Ocean?," 23 July 2018 The center yellow circle is the fireball radius — that is, the mushroom cloud — which would extend out about 0.25 square miles. Alex Ward, Vox, "This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you," 19 Oct. 2018 One email introduced as court evidence in 2016 showed a photo of a mushroom cloud and a link to an article about how Russia-U.S. tensions could trigger World War III. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft’s anti-hacking efforts make it an internet cop," 21 Aug. 2018 Paying homage to its Apocalypse namesake, the beating heart soon erupts into flames and then transforms into a mushroom cloud. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The First "American Horror Story: Apocalypse" Teaser Stars a Scary Baby," 6 Aug. 2018 For the man who set all this in motion, the mushroom cloud was unfolding before his very eyes. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Accountability for the Algorithms," 13 July 2018 For the man who set all this in motion, the mushroom cloud was unfolding before his very eyes. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Accountability for the Algorithms," 13 July 2018 For the man who set all this in motion, the mushroom cloud was unfolding before his very eyes. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Accountability for the Algorithms," 13 July 2018 For the man who set all this in motion, the mushroom cloud was unfolding before his very eyes. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Accountability for the Algorithms," 13 July 2018

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circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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mushroom cloud

noun

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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