• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cataclysmal severely destructive "cataclysmic nuclear war","a cataclysmic earthquake"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Cataclysmal Of or pertaining to a cataclysm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cataclysmal Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a cataclysm.
    • cataclysmal Of or pertaining to cataclysmists; holding the doctrine of violent upheavals: as, the cataclysmal school of geologists.
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  • Jim Rohn
    “Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.”


In literature:

It started the universal cataclysm.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
What were floods and cataclysms to him in the face of his hunger?
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
They said very little since it was difficult to hear anything amid the cataclysm of elemental sound.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
It took him a long time to readjust himself to this cataclysm.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
A cataclysm of nature was about all that would thwart her determination.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
His voice was a mere wheeze, issuing from a cataclysm of agonized mirth.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
And why does youth in such juvenile cataclysms feel forced to seek new fields in making the fresh start?
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
It has made for itself a habitation and a name, and nothing less than a cataclysm can altogether overthrow it.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
The world to-day is on the verge of a mighty cataclysm far greater than the present awful clash of armies.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
The cataclysm of the French Revolution interrupted his studies.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
We are justified too in imagining his end a cataclysm.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
In the vast cataclysm of things her own hopes and fears and destiny mattered very little.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Traditions of past cataclysms may have helped toward the formulation of an expectation of coming destruction.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
The gradual rise of the waters gave place to a cataclysm.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
No known force can block its path; it would need a cataclysm to reverse its progress.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 2" by Various
It was a startling cataclysm of sound, even to Summersby.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
As Hedge had shown, the object would re-enter space already occupied by matter, and the cataclysm would be beyond belief.
"The Variable Man" by Philip K. Dick
All of us know the constant political cataclysms that occur in South America.
"Women of America" by John Rouse Larus
There, you see what alarming cataclysms have shaken the society you deserted.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
I always dreaded and predicted a cataclysm as the natural consequence of those pernicious doctrines.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi

In poetry:

Though all the world be filled with snow
And fire and cataclysmal storm,
I'll cross it just to lay my head
Upon her bosom warm.
""I Said--I Care Not"" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Bacon's forceful, iconoclastic appropriation makes the Pope a victim, no longer the supreme interpreter of God to man but a symbol of existential anguish , caught up in the era's cataclysmic events.
In 'Doomsday Preppers,' readying for cataclysm .
Southwest Florida 'preppers' meet - and await a cataclysm .
Matt Bell's ' Cataclysm Baby'.
Terra Tempo, vol 1: Ice Age Cataclysm .
But the problem is that global warming won't mostly manifest itself as a series of titanic cataclysms , but rather as a grinding erosion of the planet's support systems.
Globe Risks ' Cataclysmic Changes' From Warming, World Bank Says.
The Cataclysmic Battle for Mankind's Soul.
How To Protect Investments From Cataclysmic 'Fat Tails'.
Joseph Hill was convinced that Marcus Garvey's prophecy of cataclysm on July 7, 1977 was certain, and his song about it, "Two Sevens Clash," convinced much of Jamaica's population as well.
Since then Syria has been living in a state of one uninterrupted demographic cataclysm.
Tiny carbon spheres hidden under rock and ice may be telltales of cataclysmic comet strikes.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says an 'explosive' growth in the number of antigovernment 'patriot' groups is tied to fears of economic cataclysm and civil war between rich and poor.
A near-biblical cataclysm (his aborted take on Don Quixote).
A show of experimental narratives, combining the mundane with the cataclysmic.

In science:

Cataclysmic Variables Indexed papers concerning cataclysmic variables numbered 49.
Astrophysics in 2006
Cataclysmic variable in a multiple star system, FH Leo (Vogt et al. 2006). X-ray binary in a supernova remnant (Williams et al. 2005).
Astrophysics in 2006
We infer that these optical variations are a consequence of nonradial g-mode pulsations in the accreting primary white dwarfs of these cataclysmic variables.
Discovery of two new accreting pulsating white dwarf stars
Cataclysmic variables (CVs) are close binary systems in which a late-type star (secondary) fills its Roche lobe and transfers mass through the inner Lagrangian point to a white dwarf (primary).
Discovery of two new accreting pulsating white dwarf stars
Magnetic activity has been observed for some time in both the white dwarfs and secondary stars of cataclysmic variable systems (e.g., Warner 1995; Washuettl & Strassmeier 2001).
Possible Magnetic Activity in the Low Mass X-ray Binary EXO 0748-676
Rotation, eclipses by a companion or by a foreground ob ject, and microlensing effects are the phenomena considered for extrinsic variability, while intrinsic variable ob jects include eruptive stars, cataclysmic systems, stars displaying secular evolution and, last but not least, pulsating stars.
Variable stars across the observational HR diagram
An overview is given of the properties of the various kinds of quasi-periodic luminosity modulations observed in cataclysmic variables (CVs).
QPOs in CVs: An executive summary
Keywords: Stars, interacting binary; cataclysmic variables; dwarf novae; oscillations PACS: 97.10.
QPOs in CVs: An executive summary
In many respects, the QPOs observed in cataclysmic variables (CVs) parallel what are seen in X-Ray binaries (XRB).
QPOs in CVs: An executive summary
Sion) Since the discovery of the first CV containing a pulsating white dwarf with ZZ Cetilike non-radial g -mode oscillations, the list of such cataclysmic white dwarf pulsators has grown to 12 (Gaensicke et al. 2006; Mukadam et al. 2007).
Report IAU Comm. 42, Close Binary Stars
Knigge (2007) has introduced a valuable method for determining the distances to cataclysmic variables using 2MASS J HK photometry and a semi-empirical relationship between donor absolute magnitude in the K -band and orbital period.
Report IAU Comm. 42, Close Binary Stars
In this Letter we consider a further type of systems where sub{Chandrasekhar WD explosions might take place: cataclysmic{like (CLS) systems in which a CO WD accretes hydrogen on a thermal time scale from a Roche{lobe (cid:12)lling main{sequence or subgiant companion.
The Single-Degenerate Scenario for Type Ia SNe in Cosmic Perspective
We examine the possible contribution of sub{Chandrasekhar WD explosions in CLS to the SNe Ia rate and we compare it with those from symbiotic systems, He star cataclysmics, DD mergings, and also with that from Chandrasekhar{mass explosions in CLS.
The Single-Degenerate Scenario for Type Ia SNe in Cosmic Perspective
These rates, together with those from the explosion of sub{Chandrasekhar WDs in symbiotic systems and in helium cataclysmics, plus the DD merging rates and the rates of Chandrasekhar{mass explosions from CLS, are displayed in Table .
The Single-Degenerate Scenario for Type Ia SNe in Cosmic Perspective
SNe Ia from He cataclysmics would be absent from E galaxies at z <(cid:24) :.
The Single-Degenerate Scenario for Type Ia SNe in Cosmic Perspective