separation-energy

separation energy

noun Physics.
binding energy ( def 1 ).
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binding energy

noun Physics.
1.
Also called separation energy. the energy required to decompose a molecule, atom, or nucleus into its constituent particles, equal to the energy equivalent of the mass defect.
2.
the energy required to separate a single particle or group of particles from a molecule, atom, or nucleus.
Compare mass defect.


Origin:
1930–35

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binding energy
 
n
1.  the energy that must be supplied to a stable nucleus before it can undergo fission. It is equal to the mass defect
2.  the energy required to remove a particle from a system, esp an electron from an atom

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