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catastrophe

1. Theatre the denouement of a play, esp a classical tragedy
2. any sudden and violent change in the earth's surface caused by flooding, earthquake, or some other rapid process
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As we learned from Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 battery issues, even small defects in the insulation between layers can cause a battery to fail catastrophically.
This new scheme will protect all people who are catastrophically injured in an accident in Queensland, Mr Pitt said.
Catastrophically lacking" Joanna Lumley who is appearing in a Comic Relief special of The Great British Bake Off.
He said in an article in a national newspaper: "They bought up businesses willy-nilly - from Britannia Building Society to Somerfield supermarkets - and made catastrophically inept decisions over and over again.
The most plausible explanation to that was that the aircraft had finally run out of the fuel before it catastrophically crashed into the Ocean.
Despite that, General Motors simply isn't the same company that failed so catastrophically during the recession.
Clwyd West AM Darren Millar said: "This bailout proves Carwyn Jones and Welsh Labour have got it catastrophically wrong on NHS funding.
Something must have gone catastrophically wrong behind the scenes for the powers-that-be to dispense with their manager (above) at such a critical stage of the season.
In which year did Vesuvius erupt catastrophically for the inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum?
Enlisted in the Red Book, snow leopard is catastrophically endangered animal and since 2013 snow leopard hunting is forbidden throughout its range.
Hughes' mother, Emma, said: "Scott was prepared to put his life on the line to defend his country and in return his employer, the Ministry of Defence, catastrophically failed to take care of him whilst he was undertaking duties on a decompression activity in Cyprus.
Q: What common culprits can catastrophically fail, thereby leading to property claims?