power plant

a plant, including engines, dynamos, etc., and the building or buildings necessary for the generation of power, as electric or nuclear power.
the machinery for supplying power for a particular mechanical process or operation.
the engine, motor, or other power source along with related ignition, transmission, etc., components of a vehicle, aircraft, machine, etc.
Also, powerplant.


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power plant
1.  the complex, including machinery, associated equipment, and the structure housing it, that is used in the generation of power, esp electrical power
2.  the equipment supplying power to a particular machine or for a particular operation or process

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Example sentences
But that energy you're charging it with could come from a power plant burning
  natural gas.
Holding a sign and ordering people around won't rebuild the ozone or stop the
  government from building a new hydro-power plant.
Taking apart a nuclear power plant that has reached the end of its life is a
  complicated task.
That's because they're either out on the reef, or hanging around the forbidden
  zone around the nuclear power plant.
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