scram

verb
\ˈskram \
scrammed; scramming

Definition of scram 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

scram

noun

Definition of scram (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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, "Detroit Pistons should consider Isiah Thomas, says Charles Barkley," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, "An insider’s perspective on Fukushima and everything that came after," 5 Oct. 2018 The quake itself caused the operating reactors to scram (shut down) as they were designed to do. Andrew Karam, Popular Mechanics, "Five Years Later, Cutting Through the Fukushima Myths," 11 Mar. 2016 Stay in the customs union and single market — or scram? William Booth, Washington Post, "Britian’s Theresa May is trying to keep E.U. ‘divorce’ from going totally off the rails," 21 Sep. 2017 The nukes, as people who work in such plants are called, refer to the sudden shutdown of fission as a scram. Washington Post, "AP WAS THERE: Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of scram

Verb

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scram

Verb

short for scramble

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The first known use of scram was circa 1928

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scram

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scram

: to leave immediately

scram

verb
\ˈskram \
scrammed; scramming

Kids Definition of scram

: to go away at once

Hint: Scram is often used as a command.
  • Scram! Get out of here!

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