fallout

noun
fall·​out | \ ˈfȯl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce fallout (audio) \

Definition of fallout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the often radioactive particles stirred up by or resulting from a nuclear explosion and descending through the atmosphere also : other polluting particles (such as volcanic ash) descending likewise
b : descent (as of fallout) through the atmosphere
2 : a secondary and often lingering effect, result, or set of consequences have to take a position and accept the political fallout— Andy Logan

fall out

verb
fell out; fallen out; falling out; falls out

Definition of fall out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : quarrel also : to cut off relations over a quarrel former friends who have fallen out
2 : turn out, happen expected to be in the States …  , but things fell out otherwise— Mark Twain
3a : to leave one's place in the ranks
b : to leave a building in order to take one's place in a military formation

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Examples of fallout in a Sentence

Noun concerned about the possible political fallout from the scandal Verb club members were soon falling out about how to spend the money they'd made washing cars I had planned to have a sports career, but things fell out otherwise.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jeremy Rosner, a Democratic pollster, described supply chain problems as more of an annoyance than a crisis at this point, suggesting any political fallout would be limited. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 The Communist Party can’t afford the political fallout from other Evergrandes. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2021 My boss, the laboratory director, had the unenviable task of communicating our decisions with the chain of command and sometimes the media and managing the political fallout. Mark Kortepeter, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 As the court upheld the strict new Texas law barring most abortions in the state, the political fallout will test the limits of former President Donald Trump securing three conservative justices during his tenure. Arkansas Online, 25 Sep. 2021 Now, as the court upheld the strict new Texas aw outlawing most abortions in the state, the political fallout will test the limits of that strategy. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Now, as the court upheld the strict new Texas aw outlawing most abortions in the state, the political fallout will test the limits of that strategy. Mary Clare Jalonick And Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Haiti is still reeling from the political fallout of its president's assassination this summer, and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in August that left over 2,000 people dead. Caitlin Hu, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 And, of course, the administration was dealing with the political fallout from the Monica Lewinsky scandal. CBS News, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of fallout

Noun

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Oct 2021

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“Fallout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallout. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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fallout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fallout

: the radioactive particles that are produced by a nuclear explosion and that fall through the atmosphere
: a bad effect or result of something

fallout

noun
fall·​out | \ ˈfȯl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce fallout (audio) \

Kids Definition of fallout

1 : the usually radioactive particles falling through the atmosphere as a result of a nuclear explosion
2 : the bad result of something He suffered the fallout from his poor decision.

fallout

noun
fall·​out | \ ˈfȯ-ˌlau̇t How to pronounce fallout (audio) \

Medical Definition of fallout

1 : the often radioactive particles stirred up by or resulting from a nuclear explosion and descending through the atmosphere also : other polluting particles (as volcanic ash) descending likewise
2 : descent (as of fallout) through the atmosphere

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