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nuclear energy

noun
1.
energy released by reactions within atomic nuclei, as in nuclear fission or fusion.
Also called atomic energy.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • Needless to say, that didn't happen, mostly because the risks of nuclear energy hugely increased its costs.
  • Even controversial nuclear energy is considered a viable option.
  • Neither nuclear energy nor alternative sources such as wind and solar seem likely to meet the demand for electricity.
  • That's particularly so with such visceral issues as nuclear energy.
  • But if you want to generate a thousand megawatts of electricity through nuclear energy, it would cost only sixty million dollars.
  • Use nuclear energy to flatten mountains on the moon and to alter the orbits of planets.
  • Likewise, all money spent on nuclear energy, hydropower and geothermal power.
  • nuclear energy offers many many more short term and long term benefits overall.
  • nuclear energy gives us a clean and sustainable energy option, in spite of the hysteria surrounding it.
  • nuclear energy could certainly crank out enough hydrogen for everyone.
British Dictionary definitions for nuclear energy

nuclear energy

noun
1.
energy released during a nuclear reaction as a result of fission or fusion Also called atomic energy
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nuclear energy in Science
nuclear energy  
  1. The energy released by the nucleus of an atom as the result of nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, or radioactive decay. The amount of energy released by the nuclear fission of a given mass of uranium is about 2,500,000 times greater than that released by the combustion of an equal mass of carbon. And the amount of energy released by the nuclear fusion of a given mass of deuterium is about 400 times greater that that released by the nuclear fission of an equal mass of uranium. Also called atomic energy.

  2. Electricity generated by a nuclear reactor.


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nuclear energy in Culture

nuclear energy definition


Energy obtained from nuclear reactions.

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