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 With the explosion of boutique fitness in the 2010s and the mushroom cloud of athleisure that quickly followed, there is no shortage of expressive activewear on the market, from the scrunchie down to cute women’s sneakers. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 The mushroom cloud reached an altitude of 210,000 feet, people observed the flash through bad weather at 621 miles, and an observer felt heat from the explosion at a distance of 168 miles. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 13 Nov. 2020 The blast, which left an orange mushroom cloud towering over the city, caused extensive damage to Beirut's central and eastern districts, displacing around 300,000 people from their homes. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 29 Dec. 2020 Not only would there be no mushroom cloud or city-shattering shockwave, but anyone viewing the blast would likely get a fatal dose of ionizing radiation. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 17 Dec. 2020 As this video from YouTube channel RealLifeLore illustrates, the blast from the Little Boy released about 15 kilotons of energy, equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT, and sent a mushroom cloud up to about 25,000 feet. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, 13 Dec. 2020 The explosion sent up a mushroom cloud 2 miles high and shattered windows 50 miles away. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, 4 Dec. 2020 With the benefit of detailed plans for the United States’ atomic bomb, the Soviets were able to trigger their own mushroom cloud in 1949. Marty Judge Community Voices Contributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2020 From several angles and distances, the video shows the development of the weapon’s gargantuan mushroom cloud, hinting at the bomb’s churning power and apocalyptic force. William J. Broad, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2020

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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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“Mushroom cloud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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