meltdown Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"meltdown" in British English

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meltdownnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈmelt.daʊn/

meltdown noun [C or U] (NUCLEAR)

an ​extremelydangeroussituation in a ​nuclearpowerstation in which the ​nuclearfuelbecomes very ​hot and ​melts through ​itscontainer and ​escapes into the ​environment

meltdown noun [C or U] (FAILURE)

a ​completefailure, ​especially in ​financialmatters: financial/​economic/​market meltdown The last few ​months have ​seen the ​progressive meltdown of the country's ​politicalsystem. informal an ​occasion when a ​personbecomesextremelyupset and is not ​able to ​deal with a ​problem or ​situation
(Definition of meltdown from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"meltdown" in American English

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meltdownnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈmeltˌdɑʊn/
a ​dangerousaccident in which the ​fuelmelts in a ​nuclear reactor (= ​device that ​producesenergy)
(Definition of meltdown from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"meltdown" in Business English

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meltdownnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈmeltdaʊn/
ECONOMICS, FINANCE a ​situation in which an ​industry, ​economy, etc. is badly affected by a lot of problems within a ​shortperiod of ​time: Analysts were watching for ​signs of a meltdown ​following problems at three of Wall Street's ​majorinvestmentbanks. A deadly new ​computervirus caused much of the ​internet to go into meltdown last ​weekend.a meltdown in sth A meltdown in the ​mortgageindustry has made it more difficult to get a ​loan or to refinance.a meltdown of sth The two ​officials are expected to ​helpdevelop a ​plan to prevent a meltdown of the county's ​ in meltdown Since the ​creditcrisis, the whole ​bankingindustry has been in meltdown. financial/​economic/​political meltdown a stockmarket/​subprime/​credit meltdown a global/​industry/​corporate meltdown
(Definition of meltdown from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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