re actor


a person or thing that reacts or undergoes reaction.
Electricity. a device whose primary purpose is to introduce reactance into a circuit.
Immunology, Veterinary Medicine. a patient or animal that reacts positively towards a foreign material.
Also called atomic pile, chain reactor, chain-reacting pile, nuclear reactor, pile. Physics. an apparatus in which a nuclear-fission chain reaction can be initiated, sustained, and controlled, for generating heat or producing useful radiation.
Chemistry. (especially in industry) a large container, as a vat, for processes in which the substances involved undergo a chemical reaction.

1885–90; 1940–45 for def 4; react + -or2

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reactor (rɪˈæktə)
1.  chem a substance, such as a reagent, that undergoes a reaction
2.  short for nuclear reactor
3.  a vessel, esp one in industrial use, in which a chemical reaction takes place
4.  a coil of low resistance and high inductance that introduces reactance into a circuit
5.  med a person sensitive to a particular drug or agent

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"one that reacts," 1890 (see reaction). In nuclear sense, attested from 1945.
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