scram

1 of 2

verb

scrammed; scramming

intransitive verb

: to go away at once
scram, you're not wanted

scram

2 of 2

noun

: a rapid emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor

Examples of scram in a Sentence

Verb The vandals scrammed before the police could arrive.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
As of now, one man sits on a small dock off each island, telling onlookers to scram. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2019 When Fleck makes a young boy on the bus laugh with his goofy faces, he’s immediately met with a threat from the boy’s mother to cut it out and scram. David Betancourt, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2019 In three seasons with the Pacers (before Donnie Walsh ditched him after Indiana brought back Larry Bird) and two more with the Knicks (before Walsh, again, told him to scram), Thomas has a 187-223 record (.456). Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2018
Noun
Such a shutdown is called a scram. Michael Koziol, IEEE Spectrum, 1 June 2018 But initially, safety protocols kicked in; called a scram, the protocols led to control rods being inserted into the reactors to shut down the nuclear reactions and bring the plant to a halt. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 5 Oct. 2018 The nukes, as people who work in such plants are called, refer to the sudden shutdown of fission as a scram. Washington Post, 30 May 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

short for scramble

First Known Use

Verb

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scram was circa 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Scram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scram. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

scram

verb
ˈskram
scrammed; scramming
: to go away at once
scram, you're not wanted

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