• WordNet 3.6
    • n meltdown a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown "there is little likelihood of a meltdown comparable to the American banking collapse in March 1933"
    • n meltdown severe overheating of the core of a nuclear reactor resulting in the core melting and radiation escaping
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In literature:

She dropped out of school, and before long she was in the throes of a full-scale mental meltdown.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
Then they canceled her show and she had a mental meltdown and went to a spa somewhere to regroup.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
Was Meltdown Monday in '87 just the warm-up?
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover

In news:

The Pop-Up Book of Celebrity Meltdowns.
Meltdown Popsicles in New Orleans.
State Controller John Chiang is predicting July 28 as the state's 'meltdown' day.
In a real act of "Anger Management," Charlie Sheen came clean about his epic meltdown last year, bluntly calling it a " psychotic break.
Although the March 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan gave many pause about nuclear power, it didn't deter a number of countries who were already well on their way implementing plans for their nuclear future.
Want to witness one of the best tennis meltdowns of all time.
Besides racking up billions of dollars in losses for institutional and individual investors, the meltdown took out some major players from the Hispanic space.
Instead, Reeve 's meltdown seemed to fire up her team and the crowd at Target Center.
Coach Reeve 's jacket-tossing, game-changing meltdown.
How NewsHour Used Crowdsourcing to Refute TSA Meltdown.
Never mind the European meltdown, here's the Olympics.
Reserve Fund Meltdown Said Like Hurricane Sandy by Lawyer.
The ongoing war on terror, an economic slump and the tech meltdown all pointed to a lackluster event.
It may be getting better but Las Vegas' mortgage meltdown is far from over.
Last year, we brought you a story about how artists — in particular, the activist group Chim?Pom — are challenging Japan's reliance on nuclear power in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

In science:

Hevey, P.J., Sanders, I.S., 2006. A model for planetesimal meltdown by 26Al , and its implications for meteorite parent bodies.
Meteoritical and dynamical constraints on the growth mechanisms and formation times of asteroids and Jupiter
Thus, one is not only confronted with special safety conditions for a large amount of ”bomb” making material but also with a huge amount of fissile material which could under certain conditions reach the critical mass resulting in an uncontrolled chain reaction followed by a nuclear meltdown.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
The Fermi reactor operated for a few years and had a partial core meltdown in 1966.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
In addition, we obtain an expression for the minimum birth needed to avoid mutational meltdown.
Exact Results of the Bit-String Model for Catastrophic Senescence
This expression is important because it corroborates the results of refs. since it shows that the mutational meltdown does not depend on the size of population - at least for asexual semelparous species – in contrast with earlier biological assumptions that this effect occurs only on small populations.
Exact Results of the Bit-String Model for Catastrophic Senescence