meltdown definition

  • noun:
    • serious overheating of a nuclear reactor core, causing melting for the core and escape of radiation.
    • Informal A disastrous or quickly building situation likened into the melting of a nuclear reactor core: "After several corporate meltdowns, only two reporters stay static in [the] bureau” ( David Fitzpatrick).
    • casual An emotional breakdown
    • Severe overheating of this core of a nuclear reactor resulting in the core melting and radiation escaping.
    • a scenario becoming likened to a nuclear meltdown; an emergency.
    • A tantrum.
    • serious overheating of core of a nuclear reactor causing the core melting and radiation escaping
    • a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown

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