• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cataclysmic severely destructive "cataclysmic nuclear war","a cataclysmic earthquake"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Cataclysmic Of or pertaining to a cataclysm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cataclysmic Pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by cataclysms.
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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:

The cataclysm followed almost instantly, as if from behind a concealing curtain.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Our meal was interrupted by a loud bump, crash, cataclysm and bang.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, February 16, 1916" by Various
He should have been giddy after that cataclysm, but he stood upright and steady.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
In the first spasm of the crisis I was more concerned for Jim's safety than with the long-feared monetary cataclysm.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
She felt dazed and giddy as in face of some upheaval, some cataclysm, of nature.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Probably never before have the relations between the two worlds contained so many incalculable, even cataclysmic, possibilities.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
It so happened that a cataclysmic event had visited the Falls the week before my appearance.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
All these periods had been separated from one another by cataclysms, of which the latest is our Deluge.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
There would be no revolution, no cataclysm.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
Some of these desponding observers went so far as to predict an impending social cataclysm.
"Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy
Extinction, cataclysmal or regulated?
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
It was fascinating to watch laughter that produced such a cataclysm but made no sound.
"The Camerons of Highboro" by Beth B. Gilchrist
His creeping physical disability seemed significant of the cataclysmic overthrow of all his dreams and desires.
"Outside Inn" by Ethel M. Kelley
The cataclysmic power of that little bomb should be more than a match for even this monster.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
But when it came to reconstructing society there was a clash that mounted to a cataclysm.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
The steamboat, in two hours' time, would be entering the very region affected by the cataclysm!
"The Tremendous Event" by Maurice Leblanc
He was that pitiable thing, a man with his nerves set loose by cataclysm of the emotions.
"The Broken Gate" by Emerson Hough
Each individual has been chiefly occupied in considering how in any cataclysm impending he could make with fate the best bargain for himself.
"Village Life in China" by Arthur H. Smith
There has been a grand cataclysm in man and in nature.
"Misread Passage of Scriptures" by J. Baldwin Brown
Hundreds of thousands of the prehistoric beetles must have died in that valley, perhaps overcome by some cataclysm.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930" by Victor Rousseau

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:

Seth Rogen's New Orleans-shot cataclysm comedy recently got a new title, going from "The Apocalypse" to "The End of the World".
The Catechism Cataclysm Directed by Todd Rohal IFC Midnight Opens October 19, IFC Center.
SteelSeries World of Warcraft Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse.
ANAHEIM, California — A new expansion pack called Cataclysm will shake up the venerable World of Warcraft world, Blizzard Entertainment said Friday.
As "The Catechism Cataclysm " begins, the audience first hears that this is "110 percent a real story".
Experiencing the Cataclysm , From the Inside.
They see the escalating tensions between Israel and Iran as the buildup to Armageddon , the cataclysmic final battle described in the Bible.
SOUNDS UNUSUAL transmits an hour of Musical Mayhem, Audacious Audio Cataclysms, Xperi-mental Electronic Endeavors and Excretions - the Bold and the Boring.
Actor James Franco, fresh off of shooting the cataclysm comedy "The End of the World" in New Orleans, is apparently on his way back to town.
Scrat's nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he's been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences - a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid.
That little lizard perished along with all the earth's dinosaurs in the global cataclysm that erupted after an asteroid plunged into the Yucatan Peninsula some 65 million years ago.
Tomorrow is one month away from when the Mayan calendar finishes one of its great cycles and many believe — coinciding with the end of the Mayan calendar — the world will end in a cataclysmic fire.
In ' Doomsday Preppers,' readying for cataclysm.
Hawkish Republican presidential candidates and lawmakers have painted cataclysmic portraits of what will happen as a result of Pentagon spending cuts.
Second Lt Andy Farris served in Vietnam from September 1967 to September 1968, including the infamous cataclysm known as the Tet Offensive of '68.

In science:

If these exist, they would be a ma jor, thus far unrecognized component of Cataclysmic binary systems. A CB disk would be an additional source of angular momentum loss for the binary.
Disks surrounding Cataclysmic Binaries
Steeghs, Harlaftis & Horne (1997) in the cataclysmic variable, IP Pegasi, using the Doppler tomography technique.
Gas flow in close binary star systems
But quite recently, surface mapping of the companion in cataclysmic variables became possible (see e.g.
Gas flow in close binary star systems
EX Hya is a cataclysmic variable of type DQ Her in which a 4020 s (67 min) period has been claimed by Kruszewski et al. (1981) using an Einstein observation.
Searching for periods in X-ray observations using Kuiper's test. Application to the ROSAT PSPC archive
UW Pic (RX J0531.5-4624) is a cataclysmic variable of type AM Her with an optical period of 8010 s (Reinsch et al. 1994). A phase folding of the ROSAT All-Sky Survey light curve at the known period suggests the existence of the period in the X-rays.
Searching for periods in X-ray observations using Kuiper's test. Application to the ROSAT PSPC archive
Finally, Drake & Sarna (2003) measured a strong [C/N] depletion in the pre-cataclysmic binary V471 Tau which they interpreted as observational evidence of the common envelope phase of the system.
X-rays of Stellar Coronae with Chandra and XMM-Newton: Flares and Elemental Composition in Stellar Atmospheres (Invited review)
The prompt Swift localizations and rapid robotic followup are just starting to reveal the richness and complexity of the GRB afterglow phenomenology and, when combined with the models, will help to constrain the basic physical parameters of these cataclysmic explosions.
RAPTOR observations of the early optical afterglow from GRB 050319
White dwarfs in cataclysmic binaries more often than singles have strong fields.
Astrophysics in 2005
Gomes, R., Levison, H.F., Tsiganis, K., Morbidelli, A., 2005. Origin of the cataclysmic Late Heavy Bombardment period of the terrestrial planets.
Meteoritical and dynamical constraints on the growth mechanisms and formation times of asteroids and Jupiter
Livio, M., Soker, N., Star-planet systems as progenitors of cataclysmic binaries: tidal effects.
Survival of a brown dwarf after engulfment by a red giant star
On the evidence for brown dwarf secondary stars in cataclysmic variables.
Survival of a brown dwarf after engulfment by a red giant star
Littlefair, S. P., Dhillon, V. S., Martín, E. L., The K-band spectrum of the cataclysmic variable RXJ 0502.8+1624 (Tau 4).
Survival of a brown dwarf after engulfment by a red giant star
The formation of cataclysmic variable stars with brown dwarf secondaries.
Survival of a brown dwarf after engulfment by a red giant star
Not, it turns out, diffuse hot gas or the well known species of NS or BHXRBs, but mostly cataclysmic variables and active stars like RS CVn binaries (Revnivtsev et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
Supernovae (Sect. 10) and novae and their cataclysmic relatives (Sect. 8) can be defined by physical processes, though at the price of occasionally having to leave open whether a particular variable belongs to the class.
Astrophysics in 2006