catastrophe theory

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catastrophe theory

[kə′tas·trə·fē ‚thē·ə·rē]
(mathematics)
A theory of mathematical structure in which smooth continuous inputs lead to discontinuous responses.
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If global warming predicts "a catastrophy of cold and hot, drought and flood", then can the great Australian droughts of the 19th century be blamed on global warming?
It really would not have taken much to turn this apparently benign runway incident into a catastrophy.
CATASTROPHY A cattle pyre during the height of the foot-and-mouth crisis
PM said that memory of the devastating earthquake of 8th October, 2005 and the resilience of the Pakistani nation which enabled it to overcome this unprecedented catastrophy still remains fresh in our minds.
Douglass said, that would lead to an Insurrection, and we were called upon to avoid such a catastrophy [sic].
Perhaps it could now be found a home in Walsall, which shares memories of a similar catastrophy at Hamstead many years ago
The Homeland Security and Homeland Defense stakeholders must be postured to provide a wide-area organized response to domestic catastrophy.
Small farmers would be on the land producing in a major catastrophy, and usually having a diversified crop.
Take Everton, they are going great guns under David Moyes and are getting 38,000 for home games - that would be a disaster at Ibrox and a catastrophy at Parkhead.