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Princeton's WordNet

  1. atomic energy, nuclear energy(noun)

    the energy released by a nuclear reaction


  1. nuclear energy(Noun)

    the energy released by a nuclear reaction; either through nuclear fission or nuclear fusion

  2. nuclear energy(Noun)

    such energy used as a power source

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Nuclear Energy

    Energy released by nuclear fission or nuclear fusion.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. nuclear energy

    All forms of energy released in the course of a nuclear fission or nuclear transformation.


  1. Nuclear power

    Nuclear power is the use of nuclear reactions that release nuclear energy, to generate heat, which most frequently is then used in steam turbines to produce electricity in a nuclear power station. The term includes nuclear fission, nuclear decay and nuclear fusion. Presently, the nuclear fission of elements in the actinide series of the periodic table produce the vast majority of nuclear energy in the direct service of humankind, with nuclear decay processes, primarily in the form of geothermal energy, and radioisotope thermoelectric generators, in niche uses making up the rest. Nuclear power stations, excluding the contribution from naval nuclear fission reactors, provided 11% of the world's electricity in 2012, slightly less than that generated by hydro-electric stations at 16%. However as electricity accounts for about 25% of humanities energy usage, with the majority of the rest coming from the fossil fuel reliant sectors such as transport, manufacture and home heating. Hydro and nuclear fission's contribution to the global final energy consumption is approximately 3.8 and 2.5% respectively.

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