cooling tower

noun

Definition of cooling tower 

: a structure over which circulated water is trickled to reduce its temperature by partial evaporation

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Some of the most common culprits in the spread of the disease are cooling towers, humidifiers, hot water tanks and condensers in large air-conditioning units. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 11 in Upper Manhattan," 12 July 2018 Fog is produced both naturally and by cooling towers. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "MIT says new system captures water in fog," 8 June 2018 The two-level observatory would occupy space above the building’s office floors that was originally devoted to cooling towers. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Aon Center makeover treats big banal skyscraper with respect. But about that thrill ride ...," 14 May 2018 North Korea bombed a cooling tower servicing a nuclear reactor at a different nuclear research site, in Yongbyon. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "President Trump’s exaggerated claims about the North Korea deal," 2 July 2018 Officials announced in early June that the bacteria was discovered in cooling towers on three buildings and in three bathrooms. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne State contractors diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease," 2 July 2018 Most of the water is used to cool the plant down; in cooling towers, water is boiled into giant clouds of fog called cooling plumes. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Scientists are harvesting water by building fog harps and zapping the air," 8 June 2018 In 2008, North Korea destroyed a water cooling tower at a facility state officials admitted to using to extract plutonium to build nuclear weapons. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "To experts, North Korea dismantling nuclear site is like destroying evidence," 22 May 2018 The bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease has been found in cooling towers on three campus buildings and in three bathrooms at Wayne State University. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Legionnaires' bacteria found in Wayne State cooling towers, bathrooms," 6 June 2018

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1876, in the meaning defined above

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