1 : the accidental melting of the core of a nuclear reactor
2 : a rapid or disastrous decline or collapse
3 : a breakdown of self-control (as from fatigue or overstimulation)
Meltdowns: We’ve all heard about the first kind and actually seen the third kind. Think of a toddler (by age or by temperament) confronted by some aspect of reality not to their taste and not under their control. It’s never a pretty sight.
But when snow does a partial meltdown, it can be a beautiful thing.
I was looking for a word to parallel last week’s title – Snowmageddon – and found “debacle”. Well, I knew “debacle” before, of course, but I did not know its (French) origins.
In its original uses, “debacle” meant a breaking up of ice,
or the rush of ice or water that follows such an occurrence.
– Merriam Webster
Not really helpful as a synonym for a dripping icicle, but fun to know anyway.