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Definitions for nuclear power
nu·cle·ar pow·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. atomic power, nuclear powernoun

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


  1. nuclear powernoun

    A country possessing nuclear weapons.


  1. nuclear powernoun

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

  2. nuclear powernoun

    A nation that possesses nuclear weapons


  1. nuclear power

    Nuclear power is a form of energy produced from the process of nuclear reactions in which the nucleus of an atom, primarily uranium or plutonium, is split or combined with another, resulting in the release of a large amount of energy. This released energy is then converted into electricity. Nuclear power plants use this process, known as nuclear fission or fusion, in a controlled way as a significant source of electricity generation.


  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.

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  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

Examples of nuclear power in a Sentence

  1. Oksana Miraevska:

    If something happens with the power plant, some accident ... I can't think about that. Do you think something could help us? We are 7 kilometers from the nuclear power plant across the river! Nothing will save us, I'm sure, that's why I don't even entertain that thought.

  2. James Acton:

    Like all nuclear power plants, Zaporizhzhia contains various redundant safety systems, which under normal circumstances are highly effective, the problem is that nuclear power plants are not designed for war zones and, under plausible circumstances, all these systems could fail.

  3. Joseph Dunford:

    In Russia we have a nuclear power. We have one that not only has the capability to violate the sovereignty of our allies and to do things that are inconsistent with our national interests, but they’re in the process of doing so.

  4. Steffi Lemke:

    The position of the German government is clear: nuclear power is not green. Nor is it sustainable, we are embarking on a new era of energy production.

  5. Volodymyr Zelenskyy:

    If there is an explosion, that's the end for everyone. The end for Europe. The evacuation of Europe, only urgent action by Europe can stop the Russian troops. Do not allow the death of Europe from a catastrophe at a nuclear power station.

Translations for nuclear power

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  • atommagt, atomkraft, a-kraft, kernekraftDanish
  • Nuklearenergie, Atomkraft, Kernkraft, AtommachtGerman
  • 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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