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Noun: meltdown  'melt,dawn
  1. Severe overheating of the core of a nuclear reactor resulting in the core melting and radiation escaping
    - nuclear meltdown
     
  2. A disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown
    "there is little likelihood of a meltdown comparable to the American banking collapse in March 1933"
     
  3. A display of bad temper
    "he had a meltdown";
    - fit, tantrum, scene, conniption [N. Amer]
Verb: melt down  melt dawn
  1. Reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
    "melt down gold";
    - melt, run

Derived forms: molten down, melted down, meltdowns, melting down, melts down

Type of: bad temper, break up, calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster, dissolve, ill temper, overheating, resolve, tragedy

Encyclopedia: Meltdown

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