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nuclear fuel

noun
1.
Physics. fissile or fertile material that undergoes fission in a nuclear reactor.
2.
any light element, as hydrogen or helium, that undergoes fusion and gives off energy within the interior of stars.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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  • Critics allege that such mechanisms can never eliminate all the problems, including the storage of spent nuclear fuel.
  • Six months worth of nuclear fuel, in contrast, could be relatively easily stockpiled.
British Dictionary definitions for nuclear fuel

nuclear fuel

noun
1.
a fuel that provides nuclear energy, used in nuclear power stations, nuclear submarines, etc
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