June 04, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
meltdown /ˈmɛltˌdaʊn/ noun
meltdown
/ˈmɛltˌdaʊn/
noun

plural meltdowns

The child is having a meltdown.
The child is having a meltdown.
Learner's definition of MELTDOWN

1 : an accident in which the core of a nuclear reactor melts and releases radiation

[count]

  • a nuclear meltdown

[noncount]

  • fears that an accident could cause meltdown

2 a : a very fast collapse or failure

[count]

  • a stock market meltdown

[noncount]

  • a company experiencing financial meltdown

b [count] chiefly US, somewhat informal : a very fast loss of emotional self-control

  • After a long day at the beach, our toddler had a major meltdown in the car on the way home.

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