power plant

noun

Definition of power plant

1 : an electric utility generating station
2 : an engine and related parts supplying the motive power of a self-propelled object (such as a rocket or automobile)

Examples of power plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For decades, the power grid has been built to send electricity in one direction—from a power plant, through transmission lines, to the home or business. Eric Niiler, Wired, 16 Sep. 2021 Syrian officials said last week that a tank filled with 15,000 tons of fuel had been leaking since August 23 at a thermal power plant on the Syrian coastal city of Baniyas. Eyad Kourdi, Mostafa Salem And Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 In a fusion power plant, that heat would be used to make steam to turn a turbine to generate electricity, much as existing power plants do using other sources of heat, like burning coal. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Rainbow will operate Coal Creek, which is near Underwood N.D., as a merchant power plant, selling electricity into wholesale markets. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 And leaks can occur at any point in the process, from extraction out of the ground to the moment where the gas is burned in a power plant. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 9 July 2021 About two-thirds of the energy used to produce electricity at a power plant is lost in the process. Robert Brecha, Quartz, 28 June 2021 The tubers floated over the dam, located near a local power plant, at around 7 or 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, authorities said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 17 June 2021 Björn, who works in a power plant, is one of the first to sense the coming danger. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'power plant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of power plant

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About power plant

Time Traveler for power plant

Time Traveler

The first known use of power plant was in 1871

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near power plant

power pack

power plant

power play

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for power plant

Last Updated

23 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Power plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20plant. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for power plant

power plant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of power plant

: a building or group of buildings in which electricity for a large area is produced

power plant

noun

Kids Definition of power plant

: a building in which electric power is generated

More from Merriam-Webster on power plant

Nglish: Translation of power plant for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about power plant

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!