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binding energy

noun, Physics.
Also called separation energy. the energy required to decompose a molecule, atom, or nucleus into its constituent particles, equal to the energy equivalent of the mass defect.
the energy required to separate a single particle or group of particles from a molecule, atom, or nucleus.
Compare mass defect.
Origin of binding energy
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For others, the lack of a binding energy-efficiency target represented a fundamental flaw.
  • Add gravitational binding energy plus a soupçon more to exceed escape velocity.
  • Stack binding energy is vanishingly small compared to sheet binding energy.
  • The reason they both release energy can be understood by examining a curve called the binding energy per nucleon curve.
British Dictionary definitions for binding energy

binding energy

noun (physics)
the energy that must be supplied to a stable nucleus before it can undergo fission. It is equal to the mass defect
the energy required to remove a particle from a system, esp an electron from an atom
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