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  • n. The emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor, originally specifically by insertion of one or more safety control rods.
  • n. In a more general sense, an emergency shutdown.


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Originally an acronym for Safety Control Rod Axe Man, a term used to refer to the person assigned to the duty of dropping the boron control rods into the "pile" at the University of Chicago in case of emergency. This task was accomplished by cutting the supporting ropes with an axe and allowing the rods to drop into the core by natural gravitational forces.


  • "SCRAM" - the safety control rod ax-man, a top staffer wielding an ax to cut a rope to drop the safety rod, if all else failed.

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  • Her court-ordered alcohol-monitoring bracelet, called a SCRAM device, was trigged Sunday evening during an MTV Music Awards afterparty, according to a source close to the case.

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  • So, as a condition of her previous arrest, she was wearing this ankle bracelet, I think called a SCRAM Bracelet that monitors her alcohol use.

    CNN Transcript Jul 24, 2007

  • Lindsay was given a alcohol monitoring system called SCRAM which was attached to her ankle sometime in May.

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  • June 20th, 2010 more images more imagesLOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan, who has been ordered by a court to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet called SCRAM, is hooked on to a particular beverage and reports say her recent run-in with the law could have been due to her love for the drink.

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  • Saint Louis County Justice Services awarded their alcohol monitoring contract for the county's DUI offenders to EMASS and their transdermal alcohol sensors, known as SCRAM


  • More commonly referred to as SCRAM (secure continuous remote alcohol monitor), the device measures alcohol from the perspiration of the person wearing it.


  • Instead, they are testing a developing technology known as SCRAM, for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, which is becoming increasingly common as a way to keep tabs on chronic drunken drivers.

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  • The veterans program began using the technology, known as SCRAM (for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor), in December of 2008 in order to help manage the epidemic rate of alcohol abuse and addiction among the combat veterans in their court.


  • It's called SCRAM, the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring Device.

    CNN Transcript Jul 18, 2007


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