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Nuclear power - synonyms or related words

atomic energy

noun

nuclear energy

cold fusion

noun

a type of nuclear fusion that some scientists believe can happen at the normal temperature inside a building

core

noun

the central part of a nuclear reactor

critical mass

noun

physics

the smallest amount of a substance needed to cause a nuclear reaction

fast-breeder reactor

noun

a large machine used for producing nuclear energy

fusion

noun

physics

the process in which atoms combine to produce nuclear energy

heavy water

noun

water with the hydrogen in it replaced by deuterium that is used in nuclear reactors

meltdown

noun

physics

an accident in a nuclear reactor in which the temperature increases in the nuclear fuel until it melts and bursts through its container so that radiation comes out

nuclear

adjective

relating to energy produced by changing the structure of the central part of an atom

nuclear energy

noun

energy that is produced when the structure of the central part of an atom is changed

nuclear fission

noun

the process of separating the central part of an atom into parts in order to produce nuclear energy

nuclear fusion

noun

the process of combining the central parts of particular atoms, for example hydrogen atoms, in order to produce nuclear energy

nuclear power

noun

power, usually in the form of electricity, that is produced by nuclear energy

nuclear reactor

noun

a machine used for producing nuclear energy, usually in the form of electricity

nuclear waste

noun

dangerous substances that remain after nuclear energy has been produced

plutonium

noun

a radioactive substance used in making nuclear power

PWR

noun

a pressurized water reactor: a type of nuclear reactor

radiation

noun

chemistry

a form of energy produced during a nuclear reaction that is used for making electrical power but can also kill or harm humans who receive too much of it

radioactive waste

noun

the harmful waste that is produced while making nuclear energy

reactor

noun

a nuclear reactor

thermonuclear

adjective

involving nuclear reactions in which atoms join together at very high temperatures and produce a lot of energy

bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

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