What does nuclear power mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. atomic power, nuclear power(noun)

    nuclear energy regarded as a source of electricity for the power grid (for civilian use)


  1. nuclear power(n.)

    A country possessing nuclear weapons.


  1. nuclear power(Noun)

    Power, especially electrical power, obtained using nuclear fission or nuclear fusion

  2. nuclear power(Noun)

    A nation that possesses nuclear weapons


  1. Nuclear power

    Nuclear power is the use of sustained exothermic nuclear processes to generate heat and electricity. The term includes the use of exothermic nuclear fission, nuclear decay and nuclear fusion reactions. Presently the nuclear fission of elements in the actinide series of the periodic table produce the vast majority of nuclear power in the 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. As of 2013, attaining a net energy gain from sustained nuclear fusion reactions, excluding natural fusion power sources such as the Sun, remains an area of active physics and engineering research. Nuclear power stations, that is excluding the contribution from naval nuclear reactors, provided about 5.7% of the world's energy and 13% of the world's electricity, in 2012. In 2013, the IAEA report that there are 437 operational nuclear power reactors, in 31 countries. In addition, there are approximately 140 naval vessels using nuclear propulsion in operation, powered by some 180 reactors. There is an ongoing debate about the use of nuclear energy. Proponents, such as the World Nuclear Association, the IAEA and Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy contend that nuclear power is a safe sustainable energy source that reduces carbon emissions. Opponents, such as Greenpeace International and NIRS, contend that nuclear power poses many threats to people and the environment.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nuclear power in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nuclear power in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dixie Lee Ray:

    A nuclear power plant is infinently safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year.

  2. Kansai Electric Power Co:

    Today's two rulings show a recognition that safety has been ensured at Takahama Nuclear Power Station and Ohi Nuclear Power Station.

  3. United States:

    Ultimately they want to be recognized as a nuclear power and then reset their relations with some of their antagonists, South Korea and then the United States, as a nuclear power.

  4. President Francois Hollande:

    France wants a definitive agreement, but with a clear line: yes for Iran to have civilian nuclear power, but no to military nuclear power. We will be intransigent on this principle.

  5. Chancellor Werner Faymann:

    Subsidies exist to support new and modern technologies which are in the interest of all EU states. This does not apply in any way to nuclear power, nuclear power plants are dangerous, expensive and -- compared with ... wind, hydro and solar energy -- neither economically nor ecologically competitive.

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Translations for nuclear power

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  • atommagt, kernekraft, a-kraft, atomkraftDanish
  • Nuklearenergie, Atomkraft, Atommacht, KernkraftGerman
  • energía nuclearSpanish
  • ydinvalta, ydinasevalta, ydinsähkö, ydinvoimaFinnish
  • kjarnorkaFaroese
  • énergie nucléaireFrench
  • kjarnorkaIcelandic
  • potenza nucleare, energia nucleareItalian
  • 核保有国, 原子力Japanese
  • poder nuclearPortuguese
  • ядерная держава, ядерная энергия, ядерная дерRussian

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