Definitions for nuclear reactor

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  1. nuclear reactor, reactor(noun)

    (physics) any of several kinds of apparatus that maintain and control a nuclear reaction for the production of energy or artificial elements

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  1. nuclear reactor(n.)

    Any of several devices that maintain and control a sustained nuclear fission chain reaction, for the production of energy, heat, or artificial elements, or for research purposes. The main fuel sustaining the reaction and consumed by the process is typically uranium or plutonium. reactor, atomic pile, fission reactor, nuclear pile

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  1. nuclear reactor(Noun)

    Any device in which a controlled chain reaction is maintained for the purpose of creating heat (for power generation) or for creating neutrons and other fission products for experimental, medical or other purposes.

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  1. Nuclear reactor

    A nuclear reactor is a device to initiate and control a sustained nuclear chain reaction. Nuclear reactors are used at nuclear power plants for generating electricity and in propulsion of ships. Heat from nuclear fission is passed to a working fluid, which runs through turbines. These either drive a ship's propellers or turn electrical generators. Nuclear generated steam in principle can be used for industrial process heat or for district heating. Some reactors are used to produce isotopes for medical and industrial use, or for production of plutonium for weapons. Some are run only for research.

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  1. nuclear reactor

    A facility in which fissile material is used in a self-supporting chain reaction (nuclear fission) to produce heat and/or radiation for both practical application and research and development.


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