Definitions

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  • n. A sporadic pronking behaviour in guinea pigs.
  • n. An accidental chain reaction in which one explosion sets off others

Etymologies

popcorn +‎ -ing, from the jumping movements of kernels of popcorn as they are cooked. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yet more than 1700 of them have design flaws that could conceivably cause multiple warheads to explode one after another - an effect known as "popcorning" - according to a UK Ministry of Defence safety manual.

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  • Another issue is so-called "popcorning" which can occur during soldering.

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  • Very hard to find elephants and George Washington in even popcorning.

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  • This "would contribute to the prevention of popcorning and should be a design objective".

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  • The effects of a popcorning accident would be dire.

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  • However, a nuclear-weapons safety manual drawn up by the MoD's internal nuclear-weapons regulator argues that this standard single-point design might not be enough to prevent popcorning.

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  • Dehumidifer seems to be working, so tomorrow is popcorning the ceiling, foamcaulking the walls to the new ceiling, and insulation.

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  • We determined the root cause and we implemented corrective action, and we do not have the popcorning phenomenon occur any longer.

    CNN Transcript Feb 2, 2003

  • And the tile damage was somewhat superficial, but because the popcorning -- popcorning was numerous, it represented a significant increase in the number of tiles that were being damaged, and hence when we got back to turn the vehicle around, we had a lot more work to do to repair tiles and to replace them.

    CNN Transcript Feb 2, 2003

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  • Popcorning is to guinea pigs as pronking or stotting is to gazelles. If you say so. And Boing Boing is an Internet presence.

    November 28, 2011

  • Yet more than 1700 of them have design flaws that could conceivably cause multiple warheads to explode one after another – an effect known as "popcorning" – according to a UK Ministry of Defence safety manual.
    New Scientist, 28 June 2008

    (Not in OED 3rd ed.)

    July 14, 2008