atomic winter

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atomic winter (plural atomic winters)

  1. (uncommon) Nuclear winter.
    • 1957, Bruce Hutchison, Canada: Tomorrow's Giant [1], page 85:
      Let it explode, it is the only safe explosion left, now that man has invented the ingredients of eternal atomic winter.
    • 1990, US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Global Spread of Chemical and Biological Weapons, Hearings [2], page 555:
      • December 1956. elements of the IV Corps (10th [Guards] Infantry Division) and II Corps (2nd and 27th Infantry Divisions) participated in an atomic winter maneuver.
    • 2002, Jean-Pierre Boulé, HIV Stories: The Archaeology of AIDS Writing in France, 1985-1988 [3], ISBN 0853235783, page 129:
      ...the military phantasy is fine-tuned into a nuclear war followed by an atomic winter...