Meaning of “fallout shelter” in the English Dictionary

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"fallout shelter" in British English

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fallout shelternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɔːl.aʊt ˌʃel.tər/ us /ˈfɑːl.aʊt ˌʃel.t̬ɚ/

Examples from literature

  • A below-ground storm cellar can be used as an improvised fallout shelter, but additional shielding material may be needed to provide adequate protection from fallout radiation. 
  • But you might have to use fallout shelter for up to two weeks. 
  • Most communities now have public fallout shelters that would protect many of their residents against fallout radiation. 
  • Public fallout shelters usually offer some advantages over home shelters. 
  • —If you are at home, go to your underground storm cellar or your basement fallout shelter, if you have one. 

(Definition of “fallout shelter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)