nuclear winter

nuclear winter
nuclear winter uclear winter n. a hypothetical lowering of global temperature postulated as the aftermath of a full nuclear war. The mechanism of such an effect depends primarily on the injection into the atmosphere of small solid particles, as soot from burning forests, which reflect sunlight and cause a reduction in solar energy retained by the earth. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • nuclear winter — noun count a long period of cold and darkness that could follow a nuclear war, during which the sun s heat and light would be blocked by clouds of dust …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nuclear winter — ☆ nuclear winter n. a hypothetical condition following nuclear war in which light from the sun is cut off by clouds of smoke and dust resulting in very low temperatures and consequent devastation of the environment and loss of life …   English World dictionary

  • Nuclear winter — For other uses, see Nuclear winter (disambiguation). Nuclear weapons History Warfare Arms race Design Testing …   Wikipedia

  • nuclear winter — the general devastation of life, along with worldwide darkness and extreme cold, that some scientists believe would result from a global dust cloud screening out sunlight following large scale nuclear detonations. [1980 85] * * * Environmental… …   Universalium

  • nuclear winter — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms nuclear winter : singular nuclear winter plural nuclear winters a long period of cold and darkness that could follow a nuclear war, during which the sun s heat and light would be blocked by clouds of dust …   English dictionary

  • nuclear winter — noun a long period of darkness and extreme cold that scientists predict would follow a full scale nuclear war; a layer of dust and smoke in the atmosphere would cover the earth and block the rays of the sun; most living organisms would perish •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • nuclear winter — N UNCOUNT: also a N Nuclear winter refers to the possible effects on the environment of a war in which large numbers of nuclear weapons are used. It is thought that there would be very low temperatures and very little light during a nuclear… …   English dictionary

  • nuclear winter — noun Date: 1983 the chilling of climate that is hypothesized to be a consequence of nuclear war and to result from the prolonged blockage of sunlight by high altitude dust clouds produced by nuclear explosions …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nuclear winter — noun A predicted drop in global temperature following a nuclear war due to dust in the upper atmosphere reducing sunlight reaching the ground. Syn: nuclear holocaust …   Wiktionary

  • nuclear winter — /njukliə ˈwɪntə/ (say nyoohkleeuh wintuh) noun a period of freezing temperatures and widespread famine, lasting several months, predicted to follow a nuclear war as a result of the blocking of sunlight by fallout. Also, nuclear freeze …   Australian English dictionary

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