American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To leave a scene at once; go abruptly.
- v. To shut down automatically. Used of a nuclear reactor.
- n. A rapid shutting down of a nuclear reactor, especially in an emergency.
- v. Get out of here; go away (frequently imperative).
- v. transitive, intransitive To abruptly insert the control rods of a nuclear reactor, usually in case of emergency shutdown.
- n. A rapid shutdown of a nuclear reactor
- n. alternative spelling of SCRAM.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. informal to leave; to go away; used mostly as an impolite command to a person to go away from a specific location.
- v. to shut down (a nuclear reactor) quickly, as in an emergency.
- n. the rapid shut down of a nuclear reactor, as in an emergency.
- v. leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form
- Back-formation from SCRAM, most etymology are likely backronyms. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps short for scramble. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“O'BRIEN: NASA set a speed record on Saturday with the launch of the unmanned test aircraft called a scram jet.”
“Electrical problems yesterday grounded the so-called scram jet.”
“I didn't hear what she said, so didn't respond, but the person-of-few-words who worked the booth with me said, simply, "scram" and she hustled away.”
“She pulled a switchblade on me, said if I didn't scram she was going to cut me seven ways to Sunday.”
“What the people in these countries want is substantial change -- namely freedom and the heads of the regimes to pack their bags and scram.”
“I know 2 grad students who lost their TAs and 4 postdocs who were given Dec deadlines to scram.”
““No, you mook—you grab as many electric toothbrushes as you can, then we scram—got it?””
“Transformer damage caused the reactor to "scram" or automatically trip out of service Saturday night.”
“This kind of scram is stressful on the reactor," said Robert Albrecht , a University of Washington professor emeritus of electrical engineering, who has a background in nuclear engineering.”
“You put together a nifty consortium of BigWigs – NRC, Electric Power Research Institute, Department of Energy – to simply re-write the laws of physics and claim that some of the control rods are only there to "shape" the reaction, and don't have to fall to shut off the fission during a scram.”
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