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noun [countable/uncountable] meltdown pronunciation in American English /ˈmeltˌdaʊn/
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  1. 1
    physics an accident in a nuclear reactor in which the temperature increases in the nuclear fuel until it melts and bursts through its container so that radiation comes out
  2. 2
    a sudden and complete failure of a company, organization, or system

    fear of a global financial meltdown

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