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meltdown

(in a nuclear reactor) the melting of the fuel rods as a result of a defect in the cooling system, with the possible escape of radiation into the environment

meltdown

[′melt‚dau̇n]
(nucleonics)
An accident in a nuclear reactor in which melting of the fuel core occurs.

meltdown

meltdown

The total cessation of operation of a computer system or network. A system meltdown can be caused by hardware or software. A network meltdown can be caused by hardware, software or excessive traffic.
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Their fears were confirmed when Kitty had a meltdown during bootcamp.
Some analysts said the delay in confirming the meltdowns suggested the utility feared touching off panic by disclosing the severity of the accident.
That would follow a blast on Saturday in the power plant's Unit 1, as operators attempted to prevent a meltdown by injecting sea water into it.
Microcell Wi-Fi Meltdowns are a growing occurrence everyday across enterprises.
At the end of the chapter, it is made clear to the reader that meltdowns "reflect a combination of immature brain development and a learning history in which such outbursts have been rewarded" (p.
Using an easy-to-follow, four-step model, the author helps parents accept their children "even when they're driving you crazy," understand why a meltdown keeps happening, and deescalate and prevent meltdowns.
Paul Blanch, a retired nuclear engineer who used to work at the Indian Point nuclear facility in Buchanan, NY, and Lawrence Criscione, a risk engineer at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) headquarters, sent a letter to the senator, warning that a Fukushima-like meltdown is in America's future if no action is taken to improve the facilities at Indian Point and Oconee.
While the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization said such a simulation "would stir concerns among local residents," the exclusion of the meltdown scenario from the disaster prevention drill has been criticized as an inadequate crisis response.
The 1959 nuclear reactor meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Lab released as much as 300 times more radiation than the infamous Three Mile Island accident, possibly causing some 260 cancer cases in an area near the hilltop lab, according to studies presented Thursday.
But none truly compare to Zidane's meltdown on a stage of this magnitude, in the title game of an international tournament that happens only once every four years, with his team starting to take control and watched by more people than any other single world sporting event on all nine planets.
Another meltdown for Monty Colin Montgomerie blew it in another major.
Legislation that would ban Ventura County from approving houses on 2,800 acres surrounding the site of a nuclear meltdown at Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Lab suffered a temporary setback Wednesday.