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Definitions for Chernobyl
tʃɜrˈnoʊ bəl, tʃɛr-cher·nobyl

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  1. Chernobylnoun

    a city in north central Ukraine; site of a major disaster at a nuclear power plant (26 April 1986)


  1. Chernobylnoun

    A major nuclear-energy accident.

  2. Chernobylnoun

    An abandoned city in northern Ukraine, known as being the site of a nuclear accident.

  3. Etymology: From Чернобыль, from чернобыль. Compare Чорнобиль, from чорнобиль, from чорнe + билля.


  1. Chernobyl

    Chernobyl ( chur-NOH-bəl, UK also chur-NOB-əl; Russian: Чернобыль, IPA: [tɕɪrˈnobɨlʲ]) or Chornobyl (Ukrainian: Чорнобиль, IPA: [tʃorˈnɔbɪlʲ] (listen)) is a partially abandoned city in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, situated in the Vyshhorod Raion of northern Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine. Chernobyl is about 90 kilometres (60 mi) north of Kyiv, and 160 kilometres (100 mi) southwest of the Belarusian city of Gomel. Before its evacuation, the city had about 14,000 residents, while around 1,000 people live in the city today. First mentioned as a ducal hunting lodge in 1193, the city has changed hands multiple times over the course of history. Jews moved into the city in the 16th century, and a now-defunct monastery was established in the area in 1626. By the end of the 18th century, Chernobyl was a major centre of Hasidic Judaism under the Twersky Dynasty, who left Chernobyl after the city was subject to pogroms in the early 20th century. The Jewish community was later murdered during the Holocaust. Chernobyl was chosen as the site of Ukraine's first nuclear power plant in 1972, located 15 kilometres (9 mi) north of the city, which opened in 1977. Chernobyl was evacuated on 5 May 1986, nine days after a catastrophic nuclear disaster at the plant, which was the largest nuclear disaster in history. Along with the residents of the nearby city of Pripyat, which was built as a home for the plant's workers, the population was relocated to the newly built city of Slavutych, and most have never returned. The city was the administrative centre of Chernobyl Raion (district) from 1923. After the disaster, in 1988, the raion was dissolved and administration was transferred to the neighbouring Ivankiv Raion. The raion was abolished on 18 July 2020 as part of the administrative reform of Ukraine, which reduced the number of raions of Kyiv Oblast to seven. The area of Ivankiv Raion was merged into Vyshhorod Raion.Although Chernobyl is primarily a ghost town today, a small number of people still live there, in houses marked with signs that read, "Owner of this house lives here", and a small number of animals live there as well. Workers on watch and administrative personnel of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone are also stationed in the city. The city has two general stores and a hotel. During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Chernobyl became the site of the Battle of Chernobyl and Russian forces occupied the city between 24 February and 2 April. After its capture, it was reported that radiation levels began rising.


  1. chernobyl

    Chernobyl is a city in northern Ukraine that is known for the catastrophic nuclear accident that happened at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant nearby, in April 1986. It is one of the most disastrous nuclear power plant accidents in history, resulting in a severe release of radioactive materials which caused numerous health issues and environmental damage in the surrounding area. The city was evacuated and is now part of a large restricted area known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.


  1. Chernobyl

    Chernobyl or Chornobyl is an abandoned city in the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone situated in northern Kiev Oblast, Ukraine near the border with Belarus. The city had been the administrative centre of the Chernobyl Raion since 1932. The city was evacuated in 1986 due to the Chernobyl disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, located 14.5 kilometres north-northwest. The power plant was within Chernobyl Raion, but the city was not the residence of the power plant workers. When the power plant was under construction, Prypiat, a city larger and closer to the power plant, had been built as home for the power plant workers. After the accident the Chernobyl Raion administration was transferred to the neighboring Ivankiv Raion. Though the city today is mostly uninhabited, a small number of people reside in houses marked with signs stating that the "Owner of this house lives here". Workers on watch and administrative personnel of the Zone of Alienation are stationed in the city on a long term basis. Prior to its evacuation, the city was inhabited by about 14,000 residents. The city of Slavutych was built specifically for the evacuated population of Chernobyl.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chernobyl in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chernobyl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Chernobyl in a Sentence

  1. Sanam Vakil:

    This could be 'Iran's Chernobyl moment,' but the question is how is Iranian leadership going to handle it. [After Chernobyl] everything was very much incumbent on one political leader making a decision to accept responsibility and alter political dynamics.

  2. Vladimir Iriminku:

    It's totally not justified to compare these two projects. These are baseless claims, just the way the reactors themselves operate work is different, of course, what happened in Chernobyl can not happen again.... And as it's going to be stationed in the Arctic waters, it will be cooling down constantly, and there is no lack of cold water.

  3. David Fletcher:

    The real concern is not a catastrophic explosion as happened at Chernobyl but damage to the cooling system which is required even when the reactor is shut down, it was this type of damage that led to the Fukushima accident.

  4. Russell Clark:

    It was like I have seen the Chernobyl mini-series and everything was just blanketed in ash, it was quite an overwhelming feeling, you know ? There was a helicopter on the island that had obviously been there at the time, with its rotor blades off it.

  5. Jim Smith:

    When humans are removed, nature flourishes - even in the wake of the world's worst nuclear accident, it's very likely that wildlife numbers at Chernobyl are now much higher than they were before the accident.

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