Definition of Mushroom cloud

1. Noun. A large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion (especially of a nuclear bomb).

Exact synonyms: Mushroom, Mushroom-shaped Cloud
Generic synonyms: Cloud

Definition of Mushroom cloud

1. Noun. A large, mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke, flame and debris that rises into the sky as a result of a large explosion, especially after a nuclear explosion. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mushroom Cloud

mushroom-shaped cloud
mushroom-worker's lung
mushroom anchor
mushroom bodies
mushroom body
mushroom cloud (current term)
mushroom clouds
mushroom coral
mushroom party
mushroom pimple
mushroom poisoning
mushroom sauce
mushroom wine sauce

Literary usage of Mushroom cloud

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1. Surviving Twilight by Shane A. Bernskoetter (2005)
"Half an hour later a monster mushroom cloud of fire slowly rose into the ... The original mushroom cloud was so bright it looked like the sun was coming up. ..."

2. The Century (1902)
"The first was a mushroom cloud from the summit crater, which ascended into the upper air, and then, according to witnesses from the land, floated southward. ..."

3. The Military Dictionary (1987)
"... cloud cover—(DOD, NATO) See cloud amount cloud top height—(DOD) The maximal altitude to which a nuclear mushroom cloud rises. cluster— (DOD, NATO) 1. ..."

4. Volcanic Ash and Aviation Safety: Proceedings of the First International edited by T. J. Casadevall (1995)
"... plume was similar to that of the initial mushroom cloud. For particles in the size range 63 to 177 fxm, the fall velocity, v, is a complex function of ..."

5. Prodromus of a Practical Treatise on the Mathematical Arts: Containing by Amos Eaton (1838)
"... and there spreads out like the top of a mushroom ; it is there- fore generally called the mushroom cloud. All snow storms and settled rains proceed from ..."

6. Effects of Nuclear Earth-penetrator And Other Weapons by Nas (2005)
"A subsurface burst introduces additional processes for mixing of fission debris and dust. A main “mushroom” cloud like that from a surface burst is formed ..."

7. Biographical Memoirs by National Academy Of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences Staff, Caroline K. McEuen (1980)
"Unless we, who know better than most world citizens the horror of the mushroom cloud that hangs ominously over us, become active Humanists in word and in ..."

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