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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fallout shelter(noun)

    a shelter to protect occupants from the fallout from an atomic bomb


  1. fallout shelter(Noun)

    A thick-walled building, usually under the ground, built so that people can keep away from dust after a nuclear explosion.


  1. Fallout shelter

    A fallout shelter is an enclosed space specially designed to protect occupants from radioactive debris or fallout resulting from a nuclear explosion. Many such shelters were constructed as civil defense measures during the Cold War. During a nuclear explosion, matter vaporized in the resulting fireball is exposed to neutrons from the explosion, absorbs them, and becomes radioactive. When this material condenses in the rain, it forms dust and light sandy materials that resembles ground pumice. The fallout emits alpha and beta particles, as well as gamma rays. Much of this highly radioactive material then falls to earth, subjecting anything within the line of sight to radiation, a significant hazard. A fallout shelter is designed to allow its occupants to minimize exposure to harmful fallout until radioactivity has decayed to a safer level. Although many shelters still exist, some even being used as museums, virtually all fallout shelters have been decommissioned since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fallout shelter in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fallout shelter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Max Voirol:

    In the 1960's this was scheduled to be a fallout shelter, they had plans to store a whole bunch of people down here during the Cuban missile crisis. It was actually going to be the largest civil defense shelter in the entire country. Louisville, Kentucky would've been the place to be.

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  • abri antiatomiqueFrench
  • противорадиационное убежищеRussian

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