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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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Examples for nuclear fuel
  • Following decommissioning, the nuclear fuel was removed.
  • White dwarfs are stars that have burned up all of the hydrogen they once used as nuclear fuel.
  • Coal miners dug underneath the seething core to allow liquid nitrogen to be pumped in and cool the nuclear fuel.
  • But some of the time they will blast a pellet of nuclear fuel.
  • So despite a steep tax on nuclear fuel, they are a cheap and reliable source of power that emits almost no greenhouse gases.
  • While sitting on parliament's commerce committee, he had doubts about a bill on the reprocessing of nuclear fuel.
  • It requires imports of nuclear fuel and technology worth billions of dollars.
  • It is utter ludicrous to claim that nuclear fuel will run out by the end of the century.
  • 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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